Strategy in Afghanistan – A Babel Fish Analysis
Journalist and Citizen Journalist that write about Afghanistan from their office or home comfy chair can not really have a clue about the need to change strategy in Afghanistan. Even those with an ex-military back ground can not understand the present problem. This present problem is the main cause for troops being killed and slain very easily in Afghanistan.
Soldiers normally really have no great experience warfare in such a mountainous and steep valley arid terrain such as found in Afghanistan. Where as their enemy have a long history of guerrilla warfare in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. They are cunning in laying explosives and guerrilla war tactics. Laying ambush and sniping in small groups moving quickly and causing small and major disruption is their cup of tea.
It’s really not a question of specialized equipment, more armor, more helicopters and better protected transport that will solve the rising death rate. It is a question of more man power, more information gathering and denying the enemy the high ground. Tracks and roads are scarce due to the winding nature of these tracks and roads it means it’s easy to set up roadside bombs that seeming get bigger and better to penetrate armored vehicles.
There is a problem when the military rely on armored personnel carriers as they have to be light and not made too heavy by armor because the terrain is not tank friendly. Using the principles of helicopter warfare has a big flaw as the enemy have plenty of ground to air weapons.
To win or even hold ground so less troops are slaughtered, strategy see the need for soldiers on foot and the use of the terrain as their protection. This is in fact the strategy of the enemy they are mostly on foot. At present the strength of the troops in the war zone are not a sufficient force to apply this more sensibly logic strategy the only conceivable way to win or cut down casualties and deaths.
I expect the new general on the ground has come to the same conclusion to beat the enemy on the ground use part of the enemies own strategy. More observation allows for calling in more mortar, possibly light artillery fire plus support from the air.
Of course such new strategy needs much thought from the president that wanted to bring the troops home soonest and now is told 60,000 extra troops are required but 40,000 should be okay. Peace activist are now disappointed as they can not work out why there is a need to stay in Afghanistan longer and now more troops may be sent to the war zone.
The answer was given by the new general on the ground and that prior to the handover there is a requirement of a responsible functioning government. The fact that there is problem, that the election, has come under attack as being a fraudulent event. UN first made light of the election fraud, certainly the government is not yet in a position to take over and now there could be a fresh election that will take months to set up. Mean while the US military has a big problem of further death tolls.
Now of course Obama has a big problem that of Military advice that states that prior to removing the troops and send them home, more troops have to be sent, strategy has to be changed to stem the casualty problem.
Now seemingly John Kerry a Vietnam vet, wants the status quo to stay until the Afghan governments up and running responsibly. Now I know why it was a good thing he did not become president.
US Senator John Kerry has said it would be irresponsible to send more US troops to Afghanistan before the result of the presidential election there is clear.
Mr Kerry's comments came as foreign officials pressed Afghan President Hamid Karzai to accept that he might have to face a run-off.
A fraud investigation is expected to bring Mr Karzai's vote count below the 50% needed to avoid a second round.
Now I will confess I am sitting in a chair thousands of miles away from Afghanistan a citizen Journalist with a British Military background. That has never step foot in Afghanistan so possibly my analysis is not spot on but I expect I am not far away from the truth. lol
Meanwhile Obama has to make up his mind, yes he has to do something and yes it could be the wrong decision. Something that people can blame him for if the cookie crumbles.
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