Trainwreck wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 02:24:
The way to end an insurgency is to remove the culture that allows it to grow. If military occupation is what's pissing off the locals, then the solution is to remove the military. If it's something else (ruined infrastructure for example), then change that specific condition to the benefit of the locals. At any rate, you're essentially correct that the military can't do much to end it with direct action.
*The Afghans were especially "disparate" compared to the Iraqis.
What if the 'insurgency' had nothing to do with the US, and the reason you were sent there was bogus? How do you fix it then? I mean Afghanistan (and Iraq) were invaded for all the wrong reasons. Everyone conveninetly forgets that militant Jihadis in Afghanistan were propped up and financed almost exclusively by the US during the Soviet Afghan war. Politics is never ever black and white, and especially the aftermath of 911 is murky shit that no one really wants to take an honest look at. Im sorry for all the young men and women who bought into the propaganda hook line and sinker and lost their lives for what exactly?? For their country? For revenge? The results of that Iraqi 'WMD' adventure are also really stellar as we can all see the minute we turn on the news to see another beheading by the Caliphate... This comment was edited on Feb 12, 2015, 03:47.
I have a nifty blue line!