5 years ago
From an ABC News Report:
This appears to be in Kunar near the Pech Valley. We seem to be of two minds, with our abandonment of the Pech Valley, and our simultaneous boasting of clearing operations (thanks to reader Šťoural for the reference). We want to turn over FOB Blessing to the ANA, but send in U.S. troops because they can’t clear insurgents. There is a paradox in the narrative because there is a paradox on the ground, and there is a paradox on the ground because there is a paradox in the strategy.
Regular readers know exactly where I stand. We chase the insurgents into their safe havens, kill them and stay there to prevent their return. We do it with enough troops to accomplish the objective, and we don’t pretend that bringing governance will cause the Taliban to cease and desist from their nefarious aims. Then we send more troops to chase the ones who remain alive into their safe havens, and we kill them. We don’t capture them because that’s ineffectual in counterinsurgency, everywhere and every time it has been tried. We kill them – all of them.
But our strategy just hasn’t matured enough to know what our aim is. I’ve decided on a strategy – and ISAF management hasn’t. I may be wrong, but at least I’ve decided.
Prior: See Taliban Massing of Forces Part III for smart, knowledgeable and insightful comments from my faithful readers (some of who have been in the Kunar Province). I am truly thankful for them. They make this site worth reading, and certainly my prose does not.