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…no way to win a war

May 25, 2012

By Tim Foxley

The routinely good value counter-insurgency blog, abu Muqawama, makes a salient observation that is worth thinking about as we criticise Afghan government lack of reliability and ponder why international efforts have been worryingly flawed over the 11+ years of intervention in this country:

Since 2001:

  • The United States has had seven ambassadors to Afghanistan.
  • The U.S. military has had eight military commanders in Afghanistan.
  • The NATO coalition has had 14 commanders in Afghanistan.

That is no way to win a war, folks.

And, actually, ambassadors and military commanders are the ones who do stay there a relatively long time – ie a 6 – 18 months.  Its the thousands of other soldiers and civilians (myself included) who can spend much shorter periods, 1 – 6 months.

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