From Michael Yon: ‘Whispers’

Full article here.

A sensible mission; one of whose primary goals is to protect the civilian population as much as possible.  It still remains to be seen whether or not the various tribes, the lack of infrastructure and education (the deepest rifts) can be overcome (without the Taliban moving right back in).  I have my doubts:

‘The Marjah offensive—billed as the biggest US/NATO/Afghan assault on the Taliban ever—had begun.  With it, the attention of nearly all the reporters covering Afghanistan is focused on Marjah.  Yet fighting continues across the country, in provinces with names unfamiliar to most people.’

Also: From Commonweal: Andrew Bacevich “The War We Can’t Win: Afghanistan And The Limits Of American Power”

And:  Philip Bobbitt Discusses His Book ‘Terror And Consent’ On Bloggingheads

From CSIS: ‘How the US Must Expand and Redefine International Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism’

Repost-From Foreign Policy: Fabrice Pothier’s ‘Time For An Afghan Surge’

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