Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s insistence on a total of 650,000 counterinsurgency troops—including NATO and Afghan forces—is based on a ratio in the military’s new counterinsurgency manual. Isn’t that convenient?
Rupert Murdoch’s TIMESONLINE reports that the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff are preparing to persuade President Barack Obama to approve an Afghanistan surge. Another surge justifies a bigger Army, and guarantees the success of the Pentagon’s Long War initiative.
On FOX News, neoconservative icon Charles Krauthammer argues that if we don’t stay the course in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda will get its mitts on the nukes in Pakistan. That’s precisely the kind of logic we normally get from right-wing psychiatrist Krauthammer.
Editorial vice-boob Colbert King of the Washington Post accuses Obama of being in an “analysis paralysis.” If you hadn’t noticed, the Post has become the main mainstream media cheerleader of all things Pentagon. That’s largely a result of Thomas E. Ricks’ reach-around relationship with Gen. David Petraeus.
Our COIN doctrine is a mirage. It’s a slapdash combobulation of claptrap plagiarized from older documents that weren’t particularly coherent to begin with. The 2.5:1000 counterinsurgent troops to population ratio the manual calls for came straight from the gas horn of somebody like neocon darling Fred Kagan.
Unfortunately, it looks like McChrystal’s going to win and get his re-escalation, and it looks like we’ll be fighting another senseless war forever.
I had such hopes that we would become an enlightened nation.