Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Military View Of Future Policy In Afghanistan

Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, right, commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as well as U.S. troops on the ground there, has submitted a 60-day strategic review of the eight-year conflict. Ahmad Massoud / The Associated Press

From Foreign Policy:

The vibe at the Marine counterinsurgency conference on Wednesday was definitely in favor of giving Gen. McChrystal all the troops he wants. Of course, this was COINpalooza, and McChrystal is asking for more troops so he can implement a troop-intensive COIN strategy. So, yeah, so in this crowd, his request is like asking for a cheap beer in a frat house on Friday night.

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My Comment: I somehow missed this post last week, and I regularly read Foreign Policy (Hat Tip to Armchair Generalist for posting this story in his blog).

This is what happens when the White House abdicates its leadership role. When the Generals get together, group think takes over. If there is dissent to the McChrystal approach towards his war plans, it certainly did not show up in this conference.

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