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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How To ‘Win’ The War In Afghanistan

U.S. Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division cross the Tarnak river in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, April 10, 2013, on a two-day mission to clear the area of explosives caches. The Taliban have announced they will launch their spring offensive on Sunday, April 28, 2013. (Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth/U.S. Army via AP)

U.S. Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division cross the Tarnak river in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, April 10, 2013, on a two-day mission to clear the area of explosives caches. (Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth/U.S. Army via AP)

In Afghanistan, the Taliban have launched their spring offensive.

The push comes as Afghan troops and police are supposed to be taking control of their own security from the 100,000 foreign troops still serving in Afghanistan.

That includes about 66,000 Americans, but most of them are supposed to leave by the end of next year.

So where are we in this war that has stretched on for nearly 12 years?

Bing West, a retired Marine captain who served as Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan, writes in a piece called “Afghanistan the Unknown” in the National Review:

Our reason for invading that remote, medieval country in 2001 was to destroy the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, which had murdered 3,000 civilians at the World Trade Center. Our military failed to destroy AQ but did drive it into Pakistan. To keep AQ from reestablishing a base inside Afghanistan, modest U.S. assets (say, 10,000 troops) are needed.

The U.S. needs to let go of the broader mission of turning Afghanistan into “an economically viable democracy defined by Western values and laws,” West says, because that mission will never end and will always need more money.

Guest:

  • Bing West, retired Marine captain and former Assistant Secretary of Defense.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    i wish he had written this article a decade or so ago

    • popsiq

       He did. Twice.

      • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

        yeah i actually was pretty sure this would go poorly since it was a sham from the jump. its like they never saw Rambo 3

  • popsiq

    The Tarnak, and Panjwaii were cleared in 2006 – Oeration Medusa -  the first of many similar successes. The Canadians even built ‘model villages’ to show Afghans how good they could have it.

    Then some bozo  develops an intellectual deficiency, goes postal  and shoots up two of them.

    Back to square 1.  Again.

    You can’t win for losing.

  • Btank

    Pakistan is a a failed state since its partition from Indian sub continent in 1945.
    USA gives in aid in billions of dollars to Pakistan to fight off Taliban and Al  Quada terrorists.

    In fact this aid money that Pakistan gets channels to arm and train Taliban and Al Quaeda terrorists with in Pakistan territory.
    What ever is left is of aid money goes to build up Pakistan Military Machinery upgrades to outclass its bitter rival India.
    The left over aid money ends up in Pakistan’s corrupt big shorts politician’s Swiss Banks.

    To win a war in Afghanistan is to STOP aid altogether to Pakistan.

    Pakistan is a wolf in sheep skin playing a double standard.
    It is harbouring and training terrorists on one side and on the other hand is asking aid in billions of dollars from the USA and UK to fight Taliban and Al Quada terrorists.

    An example is ‘ Osaman Bin Laden hidden in Pakistand for ages.

    • Kamran Qamar

      pakistan is a field state  thats why you are afraid of pakistan , did you see any sentence about Pakistan in this article , this show how Indian are afraid of pakistan

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