The stupidest reason for a war – ever? 3

From General McChrystal’s assessment of the Afghan war:

The people of Afghanistan represent many things in this conflict–an audience, an actor, and a source of leverage–but above all, they are the objective. … [The government of Afghanistan] and ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] have both failed to focus on this objective. … ISAF’s center of gravity is the will and ability to provide for the needs of the population “by, with, and through” the Afghan government. (2-4)

Obama is going to have to make a (pause and shudder) decision – whether to send tens of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan, as McChrystal advises, or not to send them. Obama does not do decisions. No doubt he thinks choosing between victory and defeat is ‘a false choice’.

If victory means providing the Afghans with whatever they need, he may for once be right.

Posted under Afghanistan, Commentary, Defense, Diplomacy, Islam, Terrorism, United States, War by Jillian Becker on Monday, September 21, 2009

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  • winston – always good to hear from you. There's a new website in the making, launched by our British editor Sam Westrop, which could use your expertise on Iran. Have a look at it?

    http://www.imed.typepad.com/

    • Sure… I will check that

  • nation building is stupid, I have concluded.