How many more times do I have to read supposed experts say "it's not clear what exactly we are fighting for" or "the definition of victory is still a mystery"?
At the end of this article
They were also of limited duration, with clear aims. The one in Afghanistan could run and run, and how are we supposed to know when we’ve won?
Come on, you tell us. Stand up and be counted. Show visionary leadership our politcos lack. Otherwise, what on earth is your business discussing the war at all?
There's a war on and absolutely nobody, not even this blog, and I've read the material here, has seriously gone beyond one-dimensional discussion of fighting methods.
There's little discussion of
* the supposed disproportionate terrorist threat from that region
* the Pashtuns, and the ethnic make-up of the Afghan state
* the Taleban Al Qaeda relationship
* the capabilities of the Afghan police and army
It's in our national interest that our troops use the right equipment but the right equipment alone won't win an aimless war.
This recent media "breakthrough" in discussion of Afghanistan is a false summit, in more than one way.