Growing U.S. Desperation in Afghanistan
January 26, 2016
Earlier this month the U.S. army announced the deployment of 500 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to reinforce the 9,800 already there. Clearly things are not going as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff planned.
U.S. military commanders admit that even their best Afghan allies are uncooperative and as a result they've had to make new plans to "restructure" their already worn-out and demoralized hirelings in the "Afghan security forces." For example, U.S. Army Brigade General Wilson Shoffner recently said of U.S. allies in the Afghan army's 215 Maiwand Corps that many will be replaced because they "are a combination of incompetence, corruption and ineffectiveness."
On January 20, Afghan General Abdul Rahman Sarjang admitted that his subordinates in Helmand province are "exhausted."
The U.S. government initiated its invasion of Afghanistan after refusing to substantiate nonmilitary claims that a major Saudi suspect in the World Trade Center tragedy might have been hiding there.
Afghanistan was later used as a precedent for NATO's first military presence outside of Europe.
Afghanistan is located at the strategic crossroads between Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is considered a key to U.S. power projection throughout the world.