Monday, October 19, 2009

Go Deep! Not Schoolyard Football; Alternative for Afghanistan

Not 63 pages here but a good introduction and summary to a plan that would not further enrage Afghans waiting on sidelines deciding who to back or to sit on hands.
clipped from
U.S.: Veteran Army Officer Urges Afghan Troop Drawdown
By Gareth Porter*
In a 63-page paper representing his personal views, but reflecting conversations with other officers who have served in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis argues that it is already too late for U.S. forces to defeat the insurgency.
The "Go Deep" strategy proposed by Davis would establish an 18-month time frame during which the bulk of U.S. and NATO combat forces would be withdrawn from the country. It would leave U.S. Special Forces and their supporting units, and enough conventional forces in Kabul to train Afghan troops and police and provide protection for U.S. personnel.
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