July 05, 2010

Today's essential Afghan reading: Bing West

Reviewing Kilcullen:

Because they are partnered with our troops, Afghan soldiers are copying our rules of engagement and risk-avoidance procedures. Since they wear our heavy armor, they too cannot pursue the light and mobile Taliban forces. When the enemy initiates contact, the Afghan soldiers are trained to wait alongside our troops until our attack helicopters force the Taliban to flee. The Afghan soldiers will not be able to fight that way as U.S. resources are reduced. The Afghan security forces simply cannot take over the fight anytime soon.

Reminds me of what I wrote (point #7) fresh from the fight last August.

UPDATE: I also addressed West's concern a little in this post last September.

Posted by BruceR at 08:56 AM