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Towards Security in Pakistan and Afghanistan
Posted By Conn Carroll On February 26, 2009 @ 12:12 pm In Security | Comments Disabled
National Journal  is hosting an informative online forum this week on the Obama Administration’s strategy in Afghanistan . Heritage’s James Carafano identified the main points of a good strategy :
Dov S. Zakheim, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer (2001-2004), Booz-Allen Hamilton adds :
Troops are not enough. We must recognize that Afghanistan is very different from Iraq. It is not just a matter of topography, or even that the society is nowhere nearly as modern as that of Saddam’s Iraq. It is also that we fought the Afghan War primarily in a support role. We did not send in thousands of troops; the war was fought by the Northern Alliance and some Pashtu allies. We have slowly evolved into occupiers–too much American (and Western) military presence, too little targeted economic assistance. So now we are back to having win hearts and minds–but it is harder because we had won them once and then lost them in 2005-2008.
And from the left, Boston University International Relations and History Professor Andrew Bacevich writes :
With the Bush administration now thankfully departed from office and its expectations of engineering a democratic transformation of the Islamic world discredited, what exactly is US strategy for the so-called Long War? Does some larger sense of purpose inform US policy? Or are decisions simply made as a response to events, e.g., when conditions deteriorate somewhere we send more troops in hopes of stabilizing things? Unless we can identify an overarching strategic purpose, it becomes exceedingly difficult to gauge how much we should be willing to spend in order to “win” in one particular and exceedingly distant theater of that war.
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URLs in this post:
 National Journal: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/
 Obama Administration’s strategy in Afghanistan: http://security.nationaljournal.com/2009/02/how-to-win-in-afghanistan.php
 identified the main points of a good strategy: http://security.nationaljournal.com/2009/02/how-to-win-in-afghanistan.php#1297185
 adds: http://security.nationaljournal.com/2009/02/how-to-win-in-afghanistan.php#1297984
 writes: http://security.nationaljournal.com/2009/02/how-to-win-in-afghanistan.php#1296236
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