End the Patraeus Afghan experiment
Beyond the capacity for achievement, General David Patraeus insisted on another surge strategy in Afghanistan to root out Taliban insurgents. The trouble is, Taliban insurgents just might have the loyal following of the population. The population is more aligned with Taliban than with the corrupt government.
Once again, Americans make a blunder in policy. We try to install a favorable regime, put democracy on a fast track, and fail to comprehend Afghanistan’s capacity for change and improvement as well as our own limited capacity to support the strategy.
This fundamental mistake is pervasive in American history as we repeat our mistakes. Repetition of mistakes comes, in part, from Americans turning over leadership so fast in such short terms in office that they fail to gain wisdom.
This system flaw begins with voters who are fickle with populism and fail in maturity and responsibility. The elected product, Congress and the President, acquire bad behavior from reinforcement by mistaken voters.
More care and investment is required in educating children about their government and their responsibility in controlling it. We are a society riding a wave of historic legacy, and the wave is running aground.
“U.S. military campaign to topple resilient Taliban hasn't succeeded
Criticism is rising in Washington about the coherence of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. But troops on the ground have different measures of success.
By Greg Miller
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 27, 2010; 12:47 AM
An intense military campaign aimed at crippling the Taliban has so far failed to inflict more than fleeting setbacks on the insurgency or put meaningful pressure on its leaders to seek peace, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials citing the latest assessments of the war in Afghanistan.”