It is time for Western governments to develop a new approach to their engagement in Afghanistan. The present counterinsurgency strategy is too ambitious, too draining and out of proportion to the threat posed by that country.
It is well to recall the original purpose of the Western presence there: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda and prevent its return.
War aims traditionally expand, but in Afghanistan they have ballooned since 2001 into a comprehensive strategy to make Afghanistan stable and secure, as well as to develop and modernize the country and its government. This is a case not just of mission creep, but of mission multiplication.… Seguir leyendo »