The United States is planning to take control of all military operations in Afghanistan next year with an Iraq-style troop surge after becoming frustrated at Nato’s failure to defeat the Taliban.
Plans are being drawn up to send as many as 15,000 extra troops to Afghanistan with a single US general always in command, as in Iraq, defence sources said.
Wow, a whole extra 15,000 troops!
The outgoing US Commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan, Commander McNeill, has stated very bluntly that it will take 400,000 troops to secure Afghanistan.
We currently have 47,000 US soldiers, together with another 18,000 provided by various other NATO countries.
Adding this new contingent of 15,000 troops, we have a total of 80,000 troops.
That means we're looking at a shortfall of 320,000 troops.
So what are the options?
We could go home, and declare victory.
We can continue to bomb the crud out of Afghanistan from the air, creating more civilian victims and radicalizing those Afghanis even further against the Karzai government.
Or, we could demand the Karzai government engage the Taliban politically, and develop a dialogue which would lead to a lasting stabilization of the country.
Of course, that would be logical.
And this administration has never had an on-going relationship with logic.