Friday, November 18, 2011


AFGHANISTAN FUTURE: I totally agree with the following. I remember when I was in the Army they told us for every ONE combat soldier there were at least nine other non-combat soldiers in support of the front line troops. I doubt if it has changed any in 50 years

 Afghanistan: Mohammad Hanif Atmar, a former minister in the government of Karzai said Thursday that Afghanistan will likely plunge into civil and regional war if the United States does not leave a residual force of 20,000 to 30,000 troops in the country after 2014, along with significant economic aid — the state will disintegrate' and Afghan security forces will break into factions, said.

This assertion is not true. A residual U.S. force would be primarily a target that would be too weak to prevent a return to civil war. As for the prediction of civil war — or more accurately tribal war — there is no power on earth than can stop it, whether the U.S. keeps soldiers in Afghanistan or not. It has never stopped. Nothing has been settled since 2001, including the terms for the distribution of wealth among the tribes; the role of Islam in government; ethnic relations between North and South; the ultimate form of the state; and finally, security.