What Gen. McChrystal Would Be Asked
As the debate of what to do next in Afghanistan and as it simmers near boiling the one question which underlies the debate is what is the root cause of the insurgency? This is a question that would lead off any possible testimony of Gen. McChrystal to Congress, if in fact that would ever take place but there is a growing bipartisan chorus that it does. The question that seek this answer could include; 1) When and why do insurgencies arise (root causes); 2) Why and how do some individuals become insurgents, and most importantly, why some do not; 3) How do insurgents sustain support?; 4) What are the main determinants of insurgent behavior?; 5) How do insurgencies decline in influence and authority?; 6) Why do people disengage or remove themselves from insurgent movements? These questions do not run the full spectrum that Gen. McChrystal could face if he does appear before Congress but they do touch on the main points that the current debate is structured around. The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated significantly in the past year and continues to move “to the left” meaning it is moving in reverse not forward. If the US and ISAF forces can begin to answer the above questions there will be a greater understanding of why the insurgency has gained ground over the past 18 months to place it at that precarious position that Gen. McChrsystal so vividly described in his recent report to the President.
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