In Afghanistan today, the United States and its allies are using the wrong means to pursue the wrong mission. Sending more troops to the region, as incoming president Barack Obama and others have suggested we should, will only turn Operation Enduring Freedom into Operation Enduring Obligation. Afghanistan will be a sinkhole, consuming resources neither the U.S. military nor the U.S. government can afford to waste.
The war in Afghanistan is now in its eighth year. An operation launched with expectations of a quick, decisive victory has failed signally to accomplish that objective. Granted, the diversion of resources to Iraq forced commanders in Afghanistan to make do with less. Yet that doesn’t explain the lack of progress. The real problem is that Washington has misunderstood the nature of the challenge Afghanistan poses and misread America’s interests there…
Rather than sending more troops to the region, the new American president should start withdrawing them and devise a more realisticand more affordablestrategy for Afghanistan.
Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and the author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.
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