Obama's Afghanistan Policy
Let' see here:
If we send in another 30-40,000 troops next year, that is another 30-40 million dollars on top of the 1.2 billion already being supplied to provide incentives for the low level Taliban fighters to get jobs instead of fighting US troops (for each soldier there, it costs $1,000,000 for a year), declare to the Afghanistanis that the US will not be there forever, even though, most likely for another 3-5 years (making the this the longest war the US has ever fought), Obama is praying it will be over.
Oh, we are also training the Afghan army to take over, something that will only work if Allah blesses it.
Does this resonate with anyone out there? A sort of Deja vu feeling? Like, maybe we have been down this road before?
We have. You know what it is. Vietnam. There for 10 years, billions spent supporting a corrupt government and trained an army that simply collapsed when under a real attack and the US was not there to save their ass. We tried our best, but in the end, all for nothing because the will of the people inside and outside of the army, inside of the government were corrupt and\or unwilling to fight with conviction at a cost of 50,000 or more US soldiers. The enemy was as elusive as the Taliban or al-Qaeda, in fact, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong set the standards for terrorism and guerilla warfare. Where do you think Osama bin Laden and others learned their craft?
Obama knows this. The American general's know this. Yet, as if the ship has a stuck rudder, we are following a similar course while we try new strategies. A hit and miss approach. Once again, it is a recipe for failure due to the nature of guerilla warfare. In Vietnam, we won most of the battles yet we lost the war. Ditto for Afghanistan!