Sir David has issued his unprecedented warning because he believed the public
and even members of the government had not "woken up" to the "enormous
risks" which would result if the war was lost.
He said: "Failure would have a catalytic effect on militant Islam around
the world and in the region because the message would be that al-Qaeda and
the Taliban have defeated the US and the British and Nato, the most powerful
alliance in the world. So why wouldn't that have an intoxicating effect on
militants everywhere? The geo-strategic implications would be immense."
That's been the elephant in the room all along. If they win, they will grow...everywhere. Success against the Crusaders and Infidels will catalyze large numbers of Islamists and they will start hitting weak countries and the west. People flock to the strong horse as the ghost of bin Laden has noted and if they drive us from Afghanistan in defeat they will be the strong horse. We cannot defeat Islamism in Afghanistan alone, but we can sure make it stronger by losing. That should not be an option. Neither should Joe Biden's Magic Ninja plan. Population-Centric COIN is the only legitimate strategy and we need to suck it up and do it.
The Army chief declared that Britain was ready to send more troops to
Afghanistan if called on to do so in the wake of the revised strategy which
has been drawn up by Gen Stanley McChrystal, the US commander of Nato troops
in southern Afghanistan.
He said that more troops would result in fewer casualties and would allow
British and Nato troops to deliver greater security more quickly.
Sir David also warned that the "drumbeat" of casualties in Helmand
would continue for another three to five years, while the war raged on, but
added that the Army was ready to bear the sacrifice.
Sir David said that sending extra troops would allow Nato to begin winning the
psychological battle against the Taliban who, he said, were masters of
propaganda and were "outstanding at psychological warfare".
He continued: "If you put in more troops we can achieve the objectives
laid upon us more quickly and with less casualties. We can start winning the
psychological battle which is broadly wrapped around the Taliban saying "the
west and the Afghan government is doing very little for you" – we (the
Taliban) will offer you an austere future but at least it will be secure".
What we need to demonstrate is that we, Nato and the Afghan government,
offer a much brighter future which is more secure, with jobs, and education
and better health."
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Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. There, he became expert in detecting, avoiding, and surviving L-shaped ambushes, before dropping out to be as entrepreneurial as he could be. He is now the founder of a software startup serving the insurance and construction industries, and splits time between Lake Tahoe, Boonville, and San Francisco, CA.
Uber Pig writes for Blackfive a) because he's the proud brother of an enlisted Civil Affairs Reservist who currently serves in Iraq, b) because he looks unkindly on people who make it harder for the military in general, and for his brother in particular, to succeed at their missions and come home in victory, and c) because the Blackfive readers and commenters help keep him sane.
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