Monday, November 30, 2009

U.S. Cool To Surge In Afghanistan's Own Force

Senior administration officials said that the timetable will not be tied to particular conditions on the ground in Afghanistan. Scott Olson/Getty Images

From The Wall Street Journal:

White House Leaning Against Call to Double Nation's Police and Army, but Surge of Some 30,000 American Troops Is Likely.

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has soured on a call from its top commander to double the size of the Afghan police and army, reflecting the White House's continued skepticism about the Afghan government even as the U.S. prepares a surge of troops into the country, people familiar with the matter say.

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My Comment: These concerns are completely justified. When the Soviets occupied Afghanistan, they increase the Afghan military to 400,000 men. But when the Soviet military left, the Afghan Army collapsed within one year.

Will history repeat if the Americans become involved .... hmmmm .... considering the White House's reluctance to increase the Afghan Army I would have to say yes.

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