Filling in for Afghanistan government
It is described as a military action, though it sounds more like a combination of police and state department activity. US troops work with local armed farmer tribe leaders to stabilize an area and keep the Taliban at bay. In the meantime, the Afghanistan government has little if anything to offer and fails to gain strength. What was accomplished?
Little if anything. Americans came, messed with a local guy, gave him some seeds and took off.
Observe that we are risking American soldiers' lives to mess with a band of 40 to 100 strong locally armed tribesmen who are up against some number of Taliban. What is this about?
“Local strongman is U.S. troops' most reliable friend in Kandahar province
Never mind that the district governor says Ghani, 44, works against him, or that U.S. soldiers describe him as Godfather-like and his police as vaguely crooked. In an area rife with insurgents who stalk soldiers' every move, Ghani's militia has carved out a four-square-mile bubble of tranquillity. Farmers can safely collect U.S.-funded seeds, and children will soon attend a new American-backed school.
"What's his is ours. What's ours is his," Lt. John Paszterko, 29, said of Ghani, a onetime anti-Soviet commander who now rules his tribal forefathers' lands. "He's a good friend to have."”