The NATO commander in Afghanistan said his troop surge could lead to a negotiated peace with the Taliban, in an interview published on Monday ahead of a major conference this week on the war.
US General Stanley McChrystal also told the Financial Times he hopes his allies will leave Thursday's meeting in London with a "renewed commitment" to the increasingly bloody conflict.
Is General Mc Chrystal barking mad?!?
This "surge" is not going to bring the Taliban to the table. They will not have to come to any table, because the US and NATO troops are losing, and will continue to lose. The Taliban has set up parallel governmental entities, and those entities are functioning, unlike those of the Karzai government.
Even with the surge of troops and contract mercenaries, we do not, nor have we ever had enough boots on the ground to win a successful ground ground campaign.
The continued aerial assaults guarantee two things, and two things only.
These are: 1. the killing of one heck of a lot of innocent civilians, and 2. the radicalizing of those left standing even further against the US, NATO, and the Karzai government, which Afghanis see as the US's and NATO's appointed puppet.
The level of corruption in the Karzai regime is legend. Payoffs of governmental officials is the only way to get something done. Opium production has soared after the US/NATO invasion and occupation.
And,as reported here yesterday:
They have even had to postpone their parliamentary election after the farce last year, coupled with alleged "lack of funds" to hold them.
All the Taliban has to do is continue their war of attrition. At the end of the day, for US and NATO forces, their will be a "Saigon Moment", just as there was for the old Soviet Union.
At that point, the US and NATO will need to negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the pipeline routes, which has been the unachieved objective of this 8 years - and counting - military misadventure.