According to reports the US has deployed M1 Abram Battle Tanks to Afghanistan. With the latest announcements that the US may be in Afghanistan till at least 2014 and possibly longer what does this mean for the strategy in Afghanistan? If your serious about a war a good sign is to bring the big guns. While aircraft and drones certainly do damage the big guns on the ground send a strong signal. I can only hope it’s not just a signal but a change in strategy. Counter Insurgency is fine and necessary but I believe we’ve let too much pass now for just COIN operations.
Unfortunately until we strongly address the Afghan corruption issue we still may be fighting an up hill battle.
When military planners and politicians stopped thinking about overwhelming force and took the path of proportional response we only added the time necessary to win a war. This also adds to the death, misery and destruction of moral and faith in the local populace. Wars must be finished as quickly as possible and using only minimal forces does not accomplish this. Defeat must be total to change the mindset of the enemy.
So we’ll see what happens