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What will it take in Afhganistan

I read an article that there are already more than 100,000 international troops in Afghanistan working with 200,000 Afghan security forces and police. It adds up to a 12-1 numerical advantage over Taliban rebels, but it hasn’t led to anything close to victory. So the question is, how many more troops will it take to succeed? A better question is how many of what kind of troops will it take? The international troops are very little more than baby sitters; they rarely proceed out for their base camps; they take no offensive action. The Afgan forces are poorly trained and equipped—and all have to play by the rules. The Taliban, on the other hand, kill and maim people at will, play by no rules and then run and hide. They don’t have to protect population centers, infrastructure, etc. So, we need the forces to protect the key centers while other forces chase down the terrorists and kill them wherever they find them. Of course, this means that we have decided that we want to win—and, apparently, no one in the White House wants to do that.

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