Sunday, February 24, 2008

We might need an adjustment

Sounds like we need more troops in Afghanistan. We are able to clear areas but don't have the man power to hold the gains. We need to get the Afghans up to speed like we are doing in Iraq. From Pat Dollard is Gates: Nature Of Afghanistan Conflict Changing.
  • “The problem is that, while we were able to clear the Taliban in certain areas when we had an operation, we don’t have enough force to be able hold some of those areas. It’s the same kind of problem we encountered in Iraq,” Gates said. “The way to deal with this long term clearly is (developing) the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police. So it has to be a partnership between ourselves and the Afghans, with more and more of the effort gradually shifting to the Afghans.”

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