Skip to comments.Henry Kissinger: How to exit Afghanistan without creating wider conflict
Posted on 06/08/2011 11:46:39 AM PDT by mojito
The American role in Afghanistan is drawing to a close in a manner paralleling the pattern of three other inconclusive wars since the Allied victory in World War II: a wide consensus in entering them, and growing disillusionment as the war drags on, shading into an intense national search for an exit strategy with the emphasis on exit rather than strategy.
We entered Afghanistan to punish the Taliban for harboring al-Qaeda, which, under Osama bin Ladens leadership, had carried out the Sept. 11 attacks. After a rapid victory, U.S. forces remained to assist the construction of a post-Taliban state. But nation-building ran up against the irony that the Afghan nation comes into being primarily in opposition to occupying forces. When foreign forces are withdrawn, Afghan politics revert to a contest over territory and population by various essentially tribal groups.
The stated goal of creating a government and domestic security structure to which responsibility for the defense of Afghanistan can be turned over is widely recognized as unreachable by 2014, the time most NATO nations have set as the outer limit of the common effort. Polls show that more than 70 percent of Americans believe that the United States should withdraw from Afghanistan.
The quest for an alternative has taken the form it is widely reported of negotiations under German sponsorship between representatives of Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban, and American officials. Most observers will treat this as the beginning of an inexorable withdrawal. The death of bin Laden, while not operationally relevant to current fighting, is a symbolic dividing line. Still, the challenge remains of how to conclude our effort without laying the groundwork for a wider conflict.
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Expect Obama to run in 2012 on a campaign promise to end US involvement in Afghanistan; as proof, expect him to announce major troop withdrawals sometime later this year.
who gives a flip what that one worlder thinks anyway
Because something similar to what is outlined here will be official US policy within six months or less.
I'm not sure there's a plan. think what's going on is that Obama has been running on the fumes of Bush's policies. Now that OBL is dead it's time to change strategy. And Obama is lost because he can function only on the coattails of someone else's plan. He is no executive. He's simply a follower whose only real strength (if you can call it that) is a gilded tongue.
But he does have a reelection strategy. And with the economy tanking, he's going to have to look to somewhere as a source of accomplishment, of which there has been so little.
An Afghan withdrawal is going to start being sold as 0’s big foreign policy triumph.
Remember what happened in 1975 in ‘Nam after the U.S. completely pulled out? The NVA rolled over the ARVNs in a matter of weeks (or maybe it was days) and the war ended and they were victorious.
We were supporting a corrupt govt. then and we’re supporting one now. As soon as we leave, the Afghan army will fold like a house of cards.
So we might as well get out now, and save a lot of U.S. (and allied) lives.
Leave and then nuke the frontier from outer space.
I’m inclined to agree. We should withdraw from that area altogether making it clear that should US interests be threatened again we’ll respond with nuclear force rather than nation building.
Actually the next morning after passage of the bill South Vietnam's army dispersed from the news alone leaving only one division that held for a few more months.
Maybe Henery the K. don’t know the russkis fired a northbound missle, not the usual northest shot during the crisis in Oct. 1962. I ‘saw’ it on radar. Never heard a word about it offically. How bout it Henry.
The attempt to build a (new, ‘democratic’ or ‘enlightend’) nation in Afghanistan is akin to the attempt of building a permanent sand castle on the beach: futile. The next high tide will wash it away.
No matter how much treasure is spent there, the moment the West pulls out it will revert to the stone-age tribal structure. So what. Let them handle their own land as they will.