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What Afghanistan Can Learn from Columbia
The American ^ | Friday, January 8, 2010 | Robert Haddik

Posted on 02/21/2010 10:52:22 PM PST by world weary

Ten years ago, Colombia faced a security crisis in many ways worse than the one currently facing Afghanistan.

On December 1, President Barack Obama laid out his new strategy for Afghanistan.1 After adding 30,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines to the fight in 2010, Obama intends to begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011 and turning responsibility for security over to Afghanistan’s forces. Obama’s plan calls for Afghanistan’s army to be ready to begin taking on this responsibility in 18 months. Yet in spite of years of effort, Afghanistan’s security forces are not ready to take on the Taliban.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; coin; columbia
Article outlining similarities between Afghanistan and Columbia of the 1990's. I think the author doesn't give enough weight to the tribal influences present in Afghanistan which make the security situation significantly different, but he does make some good points and its worth a read.
1 posted on 02/21/2010 10:52:22 PM PST by world weary
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To: world weary
What Afghanistan Can Learn from Columbia

Columbia is a college Barack Obama claims (with little supporting evidence) to have attended. Colombia is a Latin American country where this gorgeous little thing named Catalina came from to drive me to distraction, and ultimately leave me broken hearted, back in grad school.

2 posted on 02/21/2010 10:59:27 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: world weary

You should change your screen name to “word weary”...


3 posted on 02/21/2010 10:59:53 PM PST by wolficatZ
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To: world weary

Bump for later Monday reading.


4 posted on 02/21/2010 11:01:03 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: world weary

my bad on the title, maybe a mod can fix?


5 posted on 02/21/2010 11:05:38 PM PST by world weary
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