Afghanistan – balance of NATO forces needed
Afghanistan is like the owners of a new home who can’t wait until the builders, contractors, inspectors, and pest removers depart so they can reoccupy it. That is one metaphor, but it doesn’t go very far.
“Here is your new home.”
Next, the Afghans pour back with the same neighbors and insurgents who gave the place a bad name to begin with.
Well, not so fast, that is why NATO wants to hang around and David Petraeus wants to provide a little neighborhood watch armed with M1AI tanks.
It is an American-led NATO experience here. If it was a NATO led effort with Americans in support, that would be more appropriate whereby we reduce our financial commitment significantly.
“NATO adopts transition plan for Afghan war
By Edward Cody and Karen DeYoung
Saturday, November 20, 2010; 8:51 AM
LISBON -- The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan formally adopted a transition plan Saturday designed to turn over control of the war to Afghan security forces by 2014 but continue heavy financial and military support for the indefinite future.
"Here in Lisbon, we have launched the process by which the Afghan people will once again become masters in their own house," declared NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai standing at his side.
After NATO and the 20 other nations in the coalition sealed agreement on the 2014 transition goal, Karzai and Rasmussen signed an accord instituting what was called the NATO-Afghanistan Partnership, essentially a guarantee that as foreign forces wind down their combat role over the next four years they will not abandon Karzai's government in its struggle against Taliban insurgents.
"We have to make sure we do not leave Afghanistan prematurely,"Rasmussen said.
The turnover is expected to begin as early as this spring, at least symbolically, and gradually spread across the country as Afghan security forces strengthen to about 300,000 and, with intensified coalition training, improve their ability to confront Taliban rebels without foreign help, NATO officials said.”