Tuesday, May 9, 2017

U.S. To Go Back To A War Footing Against The Taliban In Afghanistan

Washington Post: U.S. poised to expand military effort against Taliban in Afghanistan

President Trump’s most senior military and foreign policy advisers have proposed a major shift in strategy in Afghanistan that would effectively put the United States back on a war footing with the Taliban.

The new plan, which still needs the approval of the president, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push an increasingly confident and resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said.

The plan comes at the end of a sweeping policy review built around the president’s desire to reverse worsening security in Afghanistan and “start winning” again, said one U.S. official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

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WNU Editor: Adding a few thousand extra U.S. troops is not going to change the current dynamics on the ground in Afghanistan.


James said...

You define the terms of victory before you commit. Any attempt to do this after commitment is doomed to failure, generally a lengthy failure. At the very least, if your definition is wrong to start with your progression to failure will be short lived not interminably opened ended.

fred lapides said...

Not sure how to get in touch, editor, but this might be of interest

War News Updates Editor said...

Thank you for the link Fred. I am a regular reader of Cipher Brief, but I have not seen this article. Will be posting it within the hour.