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April 14, 2014

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April 11, 2014

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Jewish World Review Jan. 30, 2009 / 5 Shevat 5769

Afghanistan is about a lot more than appearing tough

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Afghanistan has been conquered often, but subdued rarely. President Obama should keep that fact in mind.

"We have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan," Barack Obama said in a visit to Kabul last July. "I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism."

Mr. Obama, then a candidate for president, said then he would increase U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by two or three brigades (there are about 5,000 soldiers in a brigade) and step up nonmilitary aid to the Afghan government.

President Obama has taken a number of foreign policy positions different from those espoused by Candidate Obama. But this, alas, appears to be a campaign pledge he intends to keep. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday two brigades likely will be sent to Iraq by mid-Spring, a third by mid-summer.

Since many suspect Candidate Obama took the position he took on Afghanistan principally to appear tough, so that his call for rapid withdrawal from Iraq (one of the policies on which President Obama has backtracked) wouldn't appear as a sign of weakness, I doubt he's thought this thing through.

The strategic situation in Afghanistan is that we cannot lose there as long as we maintain a major military presence. (There currently are about 47,000 allied troops in Afghanistan, or whom 31,000 are Americans.) But we cannot win so long as al Qaida and the Taliban have sanctuary in Pakistan. This sounds an awful lot like Vietnam during the Johnson administration, where U.S. troops won every battle they fought, but could not win the war because our political leadership was unwilling to strike decisive blows at the North Vietnamese homeland or at its camps in Laos and Cambodia.

"Will Afghanistan be President Obama's Vietnam, with Pakistan as Cambodia on steroids?" retired Army LtCol. Ralph Peters asked recently in his New York Post column.

We are fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, not al Qaida, whose diminished cadre largely has decamped to Pakistan. The distinction is important. The Taliban are vicious reactionaries, but their focus is internal. They do not present the strategic threat to us that al Qaida does.

We are, moreover, fighting these disparate enemies in different ways. The war against al Qaida here has been conducted by intelligence and special operations forces. Our footprint has been light. The war against the Taliban pits our conventional forces against guerrilla forces in a land ideally suited for guerrilla warfare.

Al Qaida has been weakened significantly since 9/11. But after being driven from the cities in 2001, the strength of the Taliban has grown steadily. This is partly because we've had too few troops in Afghanistan -- a mountainous region roughly the size of Texas -- to maintain a presence in the countryside, mostly because the various tribes remember what happened to the Russians and the British.

"The tribes therefore do not want to get on the wrong side of the Taliban," said the private intelligence service STRATFOR. "That means they aid and shelter Taliban forces, and provide them intelligence on enemy movement and intentions."

Adding three more brigades won't change that equation much. STRATFOR notes, "there is no conceivable force the United States can deploy to pacify Afghanistan."

Iraq, a resource-rich land of 28 million people in the heart of the Arab world, is strategically critical. Afghanistan has been a backward bywater for thousands of years. Our only strategic interest there is to keep it from again becoming a safe haven for al Qaida. We can do that at far less cost in blood and treasure than by reprising what we did in Vietnam.

"Let's not turn Kabul into a second rate Saigon because we convinced ourselves that spending more money and sending more troops is a substitute for a strategy," LtCol. Peters warned.

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