For those of you interested in the debate over how we should be fighting in Afghanistan I give you three links. The first link is from the Afghan Study Group who’s report on Afghanistan and their version of a way forward.
Afghan study group report This was the conclusion
The United States should by no means abandon Afghanistan, but it is time to abandon the current strategy that is not working. Trying to pacify Afghanistan by force of arms will not work. A costly military campaign there is more likely to jeopardize America’s vital security interests than to protect them. The Study Group believes that the United States should pursue more modest goals that are both consistent with America’s true interests and far more likely to succeed.
The second link is a critique of the Afghan study groups report by Joshua Foust. Here is a just a bit.
The ignorance underlying the ASG report goes further still: because no one on their panel has studied Afghanistan in any detail, they are unaware of ongoing and failed efforts to resolve the conflict in non-military ways. This is a critical failure on their part, as the centerpiece of their argument is that we must adopt a “radically new approach” to the war. Most of their recommendations, however, are already on-going, and several of them are completely unworkable.
The third is Herschel Smith at Captains Journal and his thoughts on this subject. Here is a bit from Herschel.
Logical contradictions are death to an argument, and this report is chock full of them. Consistency is not the hobgoblin of small minds. It is the stuff of life. Logical inconsistencies are to me a complete turnoff. I close my mind quickly to someone who can’t maintain logical attention to detail.
What I find most enlightening are the comments on all the sites. Joshua’s in particular.
If Afghanistan interests you these three postings are a good look at the differences in opinion and strategies. They are not in depth answers but pose many good questions.