Tuesday, September 13, 2016
There Is No Military Pathway To Victory In Afghanistan
Rajan Menon, National Interest: There Is No Military Path to Victory in Afghanistan
Fifteen years of fighting and trillions of dollars has not produced success.
Few will say it, but the facts are indisputable: America’s war in Afghanistan has failed. There comes a time when persisting in a lost cause amounts to foolishness, indeed irresponsibility. That time has arrived.
Washington’s minimal goals were to vanquish the Taliban, root out Al Qaeda and build a stable, effective government whose army and police would eventually fight the Taliban independently and successfully while maintaining law and order across the land. These objectives have not been meet.
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WNU Editor: It took the Soviets 8 years to figure out that short of slaughtering the entire population, there is no military pathway to victory in Afghanistan .... a lesson that the U.S. is still trying to figure out. Unfortunately .... the costs keep on rising .... Report: Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan cost almost $5 trillion so far (Military Times).