Another sad day as we hear of more military casualties in Afghanistan. It’s been reported that an Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) from the 7th Special Forces Group has been ambushed in Afghanistan. Early reports indicate a Blue on Green incident. This is the Afghan military attacking US forces. In 18 plus years we still cannot trust our partner force. Yes, there are good people in the country, but we have no way to vet those we train and wouldn’t if we could. We wouldn’t have enough soldiers to be an army. Their culture is not ready for our type of government or society. Their academics and western leaning leaders have been killed or run out of the country. What is left is not trainable at this time.
Some pundits continue to promote the continuation of troops in CENTCOM in general. They never produce a lucid plan that describes attainable results. The strategy is filled with platitudes and happy thoughts but little in substantial results-oriented plans. There seems to be no analysis of the results we have seen thus far. When something doesn’t work you change your approach. When the ROI is below a certain mark you cut your losses.
How long will the American public continue to support the troop deployments to a country which is over 18 years of war hasn’t seen any noticeable improvement?
The Taliban, who we are in negotiation with, have reported control of over 40% to 60% of Afghanistan. In 18 years we have not been able to stabilize the country and produce a competent military or government. Corruption is rampant and has been for the entire time of US involvement.
Our troops are great at conducting military operations, they are great training others, but they don’t have the authority to make the changes that would be required to create a stable environment in Afghanistan.
It’s time to leave. We can monitor the situation from afar. If a threat to the homeland is seen (sources on the ground- not necessarily our troops), action can be taken at that time to remove the threat.
Operations with Afghan forces are not essential.
There are situations where troops on the ground are the smart move, Afghanistan today is not one of those places.