Afghanistan? Yes, America’s longest ever war. We invaded in 2001 and have been fighting ever since. Our premise for the invasion was to get Osama that bastard that lead the 9/11 attacks on the US. (we never got him then…..it took a decade before he was killed in Pakistan)
In all the time the US has been fighting the same war with the same lame tactics….and the best we could do is a quagmire.
Reportedly, the Trump administration is considering adding several thousand U.S. troops—ideally accompanied by other NATO and foreign reinforcements too—to the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan. The current mission totals some 8,500 Americans, and roughly twelve thousand foreign troops in all, so the possible increase could amount to an augmentation of 30–50 percent in total personnel. In my judgment, this kind of increase would be sensible, for reasons discussed below.
But the answer everyone has these days is…..more troops……I do not agree.
I have been saying in all those years that we need a new plan if we are to ever walk away from Afghanistan…..so far it remains the same…the tactics that is…..
Below is a war hawks view of what the US should do……they say a “re-think” is needed…..
Afghanistan may be the most complex theatre of irregular warfare in the world . The country is a black hole of physical, religious, social, ethnic, cultural, political, economic, military and historical cross-currents, rendering conventional strategy there awkward at best and impossible at worst. In re-thinking Afghanistan—and assessing the Pentagon’s new Afghanistan strategy—we need first to confront some hard strategic realities head-on. Four, in particular, stand out.
First, there is just one war: the global holy war that the Salafists are waging against us and the rest of the world. This is not one of our fathers’ 20th century wars. This is Islamic religious war, fought using 7th and 21st century tactics in a dozen major theatres from Mali to Mindanao. Afghanistan is an Islamic state surrounded by Islamic states, and an emerging epicenter in the global jihad. Our Afghan strategy cannot be divorced from our strategy for the Salafist holy war, nor from our strategy for Pakistan—the other half of the Af-Pak theatre of the war.
I agree that a “re-think” is needed but a change in strategy not just change the wording of the operation.
There are some thoughts from the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace…..do not let the name fool you….it is still a war hawk look at the situation and the solution……
Although considerable security, political, and economic progress has been made in Afghanistan, much remains to be done to attain long-term stability and extinguish the Taliban insurgency. In this respect, while the conflict in Afghanistan is no longer consistently in the public eye, it remains of great importance to the United States. Going forward, U.S. policy should aim to protect the integrity of the Afghan state and, toward that end, attempt to end the conflict in ways that mitigate the threats of terrorism, instability, and conflict in the region.
So far the only change is the number of troops deployed….and the number goes up seldom down…..that is NOT a re-think…that is business as usual.