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Afghanistan is not Iraq……General Patreaus's strategy dropped……….

General Patreaus’s counterinsurgency strategy of sending the troops out to the boonies to meld with the population, and take the fight to the enemy was successful in Iraq, combined with the ‘surge’……but not so in Afghanistan ( several local bases have been overrun, with casualties ). And so, the White House, seeing headlines of these situations, and the causality reports (which are very sensitive to the US media) , has decided that instead of bolstering up that policy… they will begin to go to the century’s old ‘castle and protect the population one’…….

It has become evident that the President ( echo’s of Viet Nam?) really has no choice but to increase the troop level in the country. McChrystal has been successful in pushing the Pentagon, and the White House in that direction……but the Commander-in-Chief…ever the organizer and compromiser (and politician ) seems to be moving towards a middle ground between Vice President Biden’s call for a smaller footprint and an aggressive ‘hunter killer’ units in the bushes strategy, and McChrstal’s original do the ‘whole 9 yards’ scenario……..

Wel….after all……Patreaus was Bush’s favorite…wasn’t he?

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October 28, 2009 - Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. I wrote an article on my blog earlier saying that if Obama sends more troops, it will be the worst mistake of his presidency. It is very simple: ignore history, and prepare to repeat it. Unfortunately, the politicians don’t seem to have paid much attention in history class.

    Comment by secularist10 | October 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. secularist10…right now I believe that the president doesn’t want to be perceived as the guy who walked away from the Aftgan campaign…he is after all a politician, right?

    Comment by jamesb101 | October 28, 2009 | Reply

  3. on that pay level…things are NOT that simple……we all tend to forget that……..

    Comment by jamesb101 | October 28, 2009 | Reply

  4. Obama doesn’t need to necessarily walk away from the Afghan campaign, but throwing in good money after bad has never worked. What is needed is a fundamental overhaul of the entire approach in that part of the world. The real problem is that Obama and the other politicians simply don’t seem to be able to think “outside of the box” in that regard.

    Comment by secularist10 | October 29, 2009 | Reply

  5. I kinda agree with you…Yesterday I had a long conversation with a guy about the region…he’s from India originally…he says that the people in the AFPAK region will never really embrace the American’s…….

    My point to him was that Obama really doesn’t have any choice but to do the troops until at least 2012…..He can’t lose Afghanistan until after that…….But your point is well taken…….

    Question?….what would suggest after the 2012 elections that would embrace the fact that the US will leave about 40,000 troops (not COMBAT TROOPS) in Iraq….and have to decide on what to do in Afghanistan?…Pakistan is already getting equipment from the US…..( India has to nervous about Pakistan re-arming )

    The whole thing is like three dimensional chess………..

    Comment by jamesb101 | October 29, 2009 | Reply


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