Monday, September 28, 2015
The Taliban took the northern Afghan city of Kunduz today. It was their first city conquest since 2002 and should have come as no surprise.
When the US pulled out of Iraq, Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) used vacuum to resurrect and remake itself. Eventually they captured Iraq’s second city...Mosul.
As the Taliban say, “The Americans have the watches but we have the time.”
Ultimately there are only two choices for America; commit to a generational presence that enforces the security needed to form a secure government OR hand operations over to the host nation and hope for the best.
We did the former in post WWII Germany and Japan and post war South Korea and ended up with life long allies. We did the latter with South Vietnam and they fell although, after some 40 years, Vietnam is drawing closer to the US due to Chinese incursions. It seems the world’s small and middling countries can be in the American sphere, the Russian or Chinese spheres or in some regional hegemons sphere. All in all, America ends up being a less invasive partner.
We’ll see what comes of Afghanistan once the US pulls out... Will there be an Afghan version of ISIS? Will the Taliban terror state resurrect itself?
“iGuerilla should be the first book packed in the duffel bag for those carrying the fight to the enemy.”
–Peter J. Schifferle PhD, Lt Colonel.(ret) Professor, School of Advanced Military Studies U.S. Army.
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