Instead of increasing the U.S. military "footprint," reduce our forces and those of NATO by two-thirds, maintaining a "mother ship" at Bagram Air Base and a few satellite bases from which special operations troops, aircraft and drones, and lean conventional forces would strike terrorists and support Afghan factions with whom we share common enemies. All resupply for our military could be done by air, if necessary.That's what he's sees as our best overall strategy, and with some modifications I tend to agree. The whole article is interesting, and makes a strong case against putting in more troops.
Stop pretending Afghanistan's a real state. Freeze development efforts. Ignore the opium. Kill the fanatics.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Four Options for Afghanistan?
Ralph Peters has a new op-ed in USA Today called, "The Mendacity of Hope," in which he argues that we need to face reality in Afghanistan. He describes four possible strategies, which he ranks from best to worst. Here's his recommendation for the best option: