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NATO commander warns of failure in Afghanistan


 

In a confidential assessment of the war in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in the country, says that without the deployment of additional forces and the implementation of a new counterinsurgency strategy, the conflict “will likely result in failure.” According to McChrystal: “Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months)—while Afghan security capacity matures—risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible.” McChrystal’s report was delivered to Defence Secretary Robert Gates last month and is being reviewed by President Barack Obama. The Washington Post has obtained a copy.

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  1. Time to cut the losses. We are getting nowhere fast and it is now obvious that we will not achieve even modest goals. Under the circumstances the continued waste of taxpayer dollars is incredibly stupid. The waste of our brave soldier's lives is criminally stupid.

  2. Maybe the top US commanders should've anticipated this when they withdrew thousands of US troops in late 2002.

  3. It was a lot easier to defeat the insurgents when they were migrating to Iraq. A country of flat desert with an educated populace is a battleground that favours modern armies.

    The invasion of Iraq may have been a serious ethical mistake, but strategically it was very smart. Once the ethical mistake was made, it would have been wise to capitalize on it by continuing the fight there rather than drawing down. Fighters now migrate to Afghanistan to kill Coalition soldiers, and it's a battleground of mountains, caves, and primitive tribes. Not good.

  4. It was a lot easier to defeat the insurgents when they were migrating to Iraq. A country of flat desert with an educated populace is a battleground that favours modern armies.

    The invasion of Iraq may have been a serious ethical mistake, but strategically it was very smart. Once the ethical mistake was made it would have been wise to capitalize on it by continuing the fight there rather than drawing down. Fighters now migrate to Afghanistan to kill Coalition soldiers, and it's a battleground of mountains, caves, and primitive tribes. Not good.

  5. It was a lot easier to defeat the insurgents when they were migrating to Iraq. A country of flat desert with an educated populace is a battleground that favours modern armies.

    The invasion of Iraq may have been a serious ethical mistake, but strategically it was very smart. Once the ethical mistake was made it would have been wise to capitalize by continuing the fight there rather than drawing down and shifting to Afghanistan. Fighters now migrate to Afghanistan to kill Coalition soldiers, and it's a battleground of mountains, caves, and primitive tribes. Not good.

  6. Its really interesting to note that much of what the Americans are now intereted in is similar to the Canadian (and other NATO) Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

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