U.S. strategy in Afghanistan long and wrong
The Kansas City Star
The U.S. and NATO plan to keep up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan past the 2014 alleged pull-out date that President Barack Obama had set.
Now, it’s just the combat mission that is ending in 2014. The troops will remain to hunt down remnants of al-Qaida and help Afghan forces with security, The Associated Press reports.
That’s the plan despite Afghan officials telling the U.S. that it wants no more drone strikes in residential areas and the Afghan government banning elite U.S. forces from operating in a strategic province adjoining Kabul, The New York Times reports.
The conditions of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan keep increasing. The only good strategy for U.S. and NATO forces is a complete withdrawal.
It is long overdue in this soon to be 12-year-old war.