Creating more insurgents than we kill
Quick: explain the US/NATO mission in Afghanistan.
“Well, um … to get Osama—9/11, you know.”
But Osama’s not there.
“Yes, well … there’s the Taliban—flogging women.”
But Taliban forces melt away into Pakistan during a US offensive, then return when our forces leave.
“But we send those missiles into Pakistan to get them.”
Those missiles do exactly what Al Qaeda needs done: they arouse anti-American hatred. They create a sense of helplessness. They make terrorism seem rational—even necessary—to a people whose families suffer sudden devastation from an untouchable, invisible foe.
None of us can identify a winning strategy currently at work in Afghanistan. Killing doesn’t win hearts. Once again, we trust force to accomplish something force has never done. How long, this time?
Let’s stop it. And start over. With a strategy designed first to ruin Al Qaeda’s pitch, rather than provide its background music.
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