The U.S. lacks a credible, legitimate partner in our attempt to use counterinsurgency strategy as a means of counterterrorism, and in COIN operations you live and die by the legitimacy of the host nation government. The COIN manual goes so far as to call host nation government legitimacy the “north star.” Steadily rising attacks and maps of spreading insurgency are all symptoms of our lack of this fundamental prerequisite for the success of our chosen strategy. In addition, every single troop increase has been followed in the next year by an increased civilian casualty rate and a persistently increasing level of insurgent violence. Insurgents now have a significant presence in more than 90 percent of the country. Finally, evidence shows that even our humanitarian aid funneled through the military fuels violence in Afghanistan. We lack “serious” prospects for success; it is stretching to even say we have “credible” prospects for success. As such, our use of violence in pursuit of even humanitarian objectives only adds to the butcher’s bill in Afghanistan, and we can no longer be excused by our good intentions.
|By: GregoriusU Thursday September 10, 2009 7:10 am|
There was no misconduct in the US search of a civilian Swedish charity hospital in Afghanistan–we didn’t kill anyone–we just tied up staff and visitors and kicked in doors–but we asked permission first!
|By: Derrick Crowe Monday August 24, 2009 9:00 am|
It’s not easy to craft an argument more fringe than those of the Birthers, but Center for American Progress’ Lawrence Korb managed to get the job done in his recent wrong-headed piece on Afghanistan.
|By: ralphbon Tuesday May 12, 2009 5:38 am|
A NYT editorial supports Chuck Schumer’s abominable compromise on the health care “public option,” which even without such emasculation would constitute an abominable compromise on nonprofit healthcare financing.
|By: EdwardTeller Wednesday January 14, 2009 9:10 am|
He resurfaced yesterday evening for the first time since May 2008. Or did he?