Wednesday, October 04, 2017

New Pentagon-ese for the same jacked up Afghanistan strategy say hello to R4+S...

via Defense News.
Appearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis described the strategy as “R4+S,” which stands for “regionalize, realign, reinforce, reconcile and sustain.”

Both Mattis and Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, sought to draw a line between U.S. President Donald Trump’s strategy and that of the Obama administration, with Dunford flatly stating that the U.S. drawdown was “too far and too fast” to allow for success.

But senators expressed skepticism that the strategy truly would change anything on the ground after 16 years of ongoing conflict.
Story here. 

Wow.  Expected so much more from Mattis and Dunford.  They have the keys to the kingdom and the best they can come up with is a rehashed plan with a new nomenclature?

Afghanistan is unwinnable. 

The answer is one that is totally unappealing to the power that be and even if implemented might not be doable.

My solution?

Get the Taliban to the table and partition the damn country.  Try and make Kabul an open capital so that they can MAYBE attract foreign investment. End the fighting.  Make it federated with either joint or rotating leadership and put the UN in charge of it and hope it sticks.

Yeah they'll be fighting again soon after the ink is dry but it gives us the room to get the fuck out while the bureaucrats are filing the papers.

What will we do?

We'll stay the course and go bankrupt trying to prop up a worthless country.

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