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Here’s a quick review of two blog posts and one article which I think are accurate and insightful reflections on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and America’s reliance on counter-insurgency to achieve strategic objectives.
From Fabius Maximus: If we won in Iraq, what did we win? Was it worth the costs?
In this post, Fabius Maximus disagrees with Michael Yon, amongst other things on America’s role in winning the war, the amount of underlying conflicts that contributed to destabilization and still continue to simmer after US troop withdraw from the cities, and the cost-effectiveness of waging wars like the one in Iraq.
Nothing really to add here, except that regarding “simmering” conflicts, the Council on Foreign Relations has a segment on the Kurds and the Iraqi Government. In this discussion, it is argued that the US needs to remain in Iraq to balance against conflict between the semi-autonomous Kurdistan and Iraq’s central government.
From The Strategist: Change of strategy needed in Afghanistan
This is a short post, the basic gist: Any victories that come from invading Iraq and Afghanistan and beating the insurgencies, are pyrrhic victories. And if we are going to continue fighting in Afghanistan we need a more modest strategy that reduces our footprint but still allows us to do precision strikes against key enemy leadership from staging bases.
The Guardian: The alliance of denial must end
Just a quoteout…
Diplomacy, your hour has come. There is no way soldiers will find an exit from Afghanistan. They can deliver defeat or they can deliver bloody stalemate. They cannot deliver victory and every observer knows it. This conflict will end only when the courage being daily demanded of soldiers is also shown by politicians.