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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

14 July 2009

Afghanistan again

Ok, a bold “new” strategy in Afghanistan. Go in, drive out the Taliban, hold the territory so they can’t come back again. Yeah I know, that is how people have been winning wars since before the time of the Romans, but hey, we seem to get caught up in new ideas. (Which aren’t new either, the idea of sit in our bases, drive the enemy out of an area then go back to base failed for the French in Indochina, it failed for us in Indochina, it failed for the Russians in Afghanistan, it failed for us in Iraq.) But hey, at least now we are saying the right things. Of course we said them before but it doesn’t hold. The natural tendency of our military leaders is to MOVE. Constantly. And that won’t work if we want to occupy territory to deny it to the enemy. The big test is going to come, (heck it is already happening) when some Afghan villages are peaceful. The tendency in our military leadership is going to be to move the troops there to an area where things aren’t peaceful. This is a great way to win a battle and to lose a war. The Taliban will walk right back into those villages that were peaceful and we’ll be behind square one because the villagers will have lost any trust they may have had in us when we came in. WE are going to have to maintain an relatively strong military presence in these areas for not a week, two weeks, or even a month. It will take at least 6 months to a year for the structures to grow that will resist the Taliban; to enable the Afghan government to establish a real presence in the area and be able to defend it themselves. (and that leaves out the issue of them establishing a presence that isn’t corrupt and exploiting the locals instead of helping them.)

I really am disappointed about Afghanistan. We had that war wrapped up in about 2004 if we had just stuck with some committed follow through. But our policy or rotating troops and commanders all the time eliminated any chance of establish long term rapport with local leaders and the local people. Since a new commander will ALWAYS have a new focus or a new plan that blows consistency right out of the water too.

Sigh.

Opportunities lost, paths not taken, unintended consequences. Maybe we will do it right now. I can only hope.

5 Comments:

Blogger opit said...

http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/
15 July RSS News had this one which has similarities to your piece
http://www.counterpunch.org/spinney07142009.html

10:53 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

huh. That is really interesting. I am sad it has all turned out the way it has, too.

12:58 PM  
Blogger opit said...

Global Research deals with many topics. Here's an article about the undervaluation of teachers in the US
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14416

2:55 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

That was an interesting article opit. Thanks for posting the link.

2:37 PM  
Blogger opit said...

Which article ?
Still newsblogging like crazy : now also at opitslinkfest.blogspot.com
I haven't been crying about using Blogger either. It's been rather agreeable, actually.
Have you ever used a Del.icio.us tagfile outside the classroom ? Try OPIT. For that matter, you might surf the social bookmark networks at Diigo and Del.icio.us.

10:29 PM  

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