Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Failing Counterinsurgency Strategy in Afghanistan

A report accessed by Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent (and red-flagged by Joe Klein at Time) suggests that US/NATO prospects in Kandahar are not especially promising.

An obviously flawed - and many experts will say, failing - strategy, to serve which our leaders keep sending in Marines and soldiers to be chewed up.  The appearance of Sebastian  Junger's new book, War describing the harrowing  (much too mild a description, actually) experiences of US soldiers posted to (and recently evacuated from) Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, is likely to be a much-needed wake-up call to an American public who, without the consciousness raiser of  universal military conscription, are content to ignore the whole thing.

When will the American public get its collective head around the fact that not all of America's wars can be scripted to end like World War II (a la the very popular - and well-made) current HBO series The Pacific?

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