March 27, 2017

We Need More Of The Right Forces In Afghanistan

By Dr. Jason Dempsey

Afghanistan is at an inflection point. Again.

For anyone keeping track, this has become an annual ritual as our efforts over the last decade have been characterized by the sustained avoidance of outright failure. This point is similar to previous inflection points in that, despite previous reports of progress, the military is yet again asking for more troops – just enough to help Afghan security forces get on their feet and take the fight to the Taliban.

But before the Trump administration doubles down on doing more of the same, it is worth asking if what is needed is more troops, or rather a fundamental change in those tasked with the mission.

Read the full article at the Independent Journal Review.