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COIN another strategy: Pull out our troops now
World Net Daily ^ | 4/14/2011 | Diana West

Posted on 04/14/2011 9:13:53 PM PDT by Sioux-san

Reading about another catastrophically maimed casualty of the counterinsurgency strategy (COIN) in Afghanistan, I was struck by a biographical note. This young American, now a triple amputee after stepping on an IED while on foot patrol, an integral feature of COIN's hearts-and-minds efforts, was only 11 years old when the war in Afghanistan began.

Come October, this war will have lasted a decade. Last month, the Iraq war passed the eight-year mark. During the Vietnam War, the question was whether there was any "light at the end of the tunnel." In these wars, we have to wonder whether there is any tunnel. If so, no one seems to be in any hurry to get out.

Why? Why is it that we have come to accept war without end – not to mention, I would (and do) argue, war without benefit? And why does it actually seem as though our leaders want it this way?

There are reasons, and they are shocking.

Watching Defense Secretary Gates in Iraq recently where he practically begged to leave U.S. forces in place after the scheduled pullout in December 2011, Jed Babbin, I think, nailed it. Writing in the American Spectator, Babbin guessed that President Obama just doesn't want Iraq to fall apart, at least not on the eve of the 2012 election. Ditto Afghanistan. And falling apart – I would call it reverting to type – is the inevitable result of U.S. withdrawal. "Who lost Iraq and Afghanistan?" is not a question Obama wants to get into during the election. Thus, Obama will slog on with COIN, maintaining his weirdly logical wartime alliance with the neoconservative, democracy-project right. On Obama's part, this is a political calculation, pure and simple. On the right, something else is going on.

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To: Sioux-san
Last month, the Iraq war passed the eight-year mark.

That combat mission ended August 31, 2010. It's technically not a "war" anymore.

And really, it's not.

It's nothing like the wild days bewteen '04 and mid- '07 and then the resurgence in the spring of '08.

It is a training, advise & assist mission now.

21 posted on 04/15/2011 2:22:05 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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