Gen. McChrystal is reportedly seeking up to 45,000 additional troops for a long term continuation of the already eight year long war in Afghanistan. McChrystal has cautioned that the war will likely be lost if he isn’t given the troops.
President Obama has been delaying his decision on the request, and some of his top advisers, including long time war enthusiast Joe Biden, have suggested that throwing tens of thousands of additional ground troops at the war isn’t necessarily the wisest strategy, and are hoping instead to scale back their goals.
Just precisely how this administration is defining "victory" in Afghanistan?
Those knuckleheads in the Bush administration who thought that a military option was "cheaper" than negotiating with the Taliban for the oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil forgot that it was the US which had trained and armed the Taliban against the old Soviet Union, whose army ultimately had to retreat.
Now, in a grimly ironic turn of events, those lessons of the past we taught the Taliban are being refined and used with horrendously lethal effect against our young men and women in uniform here.
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"Embedded in General Stanley McChrystal's classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan is his conclusion that a successful counterinsurgency strategy will require 500,000 troops over five years."
One has to wonder just where those 500,000 troops will come from without a draft, and where the money will come from to hire contract mercenaries to fill the gap, without a draft.
But one thing is painfully obvious here: the only people who are "winning" right now in Afghanistan are the private defense contractors and the drug lords.