Thursday, July 7, 2011
Afghanistan - Afghan Troop Surge
Readers will be familiar with MIL INTs take on Afghanistan, namely that there are a number of key issues outside of US control. These include Pakistan, the credibility of Govt of GIRoA, the applicability of western ideas and institutions to a pre-modern territory comprising a number of competing nations (ethnicities, tribes etc), and the ability of the Afghan security forces to accept the transfer in the clear-hold-build-transfer continuum. SWJ Blog reports on General Caldwells latest NDU article on this latter vital piece of the puzzle. He has made remarkable progress but MIL INT is concerned that it wont be enough to outweigh the other factors weighing against a realistic solution in the territory. We certainly wish him and his team well and thank them for their efforts.