Today’s headline from timesonline.co.uk above has a way to reduce Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, and that is to pay them not to fight. From the story: Paying Taliban foot-soldiers to switch sides could spare US lives and save money, say its advocates. A recent report by the Senate foreign relations committee estimated the Taliban fighting strength at 15,000, of whom only 5% are committed idealogues while 70% fight for money — the so-called $10-a-day Taliban. Doubling this to win them over would cost just $300,000 a day, compared with the $165m a day the United States is spending fighting the war.
[Ed. Note: What is wrong with this is that the Taliban fighters that would want to take the money and doublecross their friends, know that they and their families would be killed for not fighting the enemy and for being bought off. The Taliban control 70 to 80% of the territory in Afghanistan. They will not be stopped with money ($20 per day?) as their goal is to have a fundamentalist Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.]
More from the story: Despite five war councils in two weeks, President Barack Obama has so far failed to come up with a strategy for the conflict that may define his presidency. Fierce infighting continues between his own generals and advisers.
Obama has been handed three options by General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the US forces in Afghanistan. These range from 20,000 to 60,000 more troops, which would almost double the US military presence. McChrystal is said to favour an increase of 40,000 men, without which he warns the mission will fail.
[Ed. Note: Consideration should be made to reduce the American footprint and boost the NATO footprint, especially with Muslim soldiers. The Taliban would not have infidels to fight anymore. And NATO troops would not be used to attack anyone but to bring peace to the area. More troops from America only hightens the Taliban’s perception of “invasion” and “occupation” of Afghanistan by Crusaders, and builds on their resolve to fight until Martyred (killed).]
President Obama has the most critical decision he has yet to make as President. He is not jumping into this without large consideration as he is showing. The question is “if you send more troops, how do you get out of Afghanistan in the future? Do you have to send more troops later? Where does this end? How do we defend Karazi’s Presidency with the spotlight of voter fraud on it now?” I’m sure that the Nobel Peace Prize received by President Obama weighs heavily around his neck. The statement “we will bring peace to Afghanistan” can not be followed up with, “…by sending more troops”. Troops bring death, not peace.
Is there a second Ghandi here? How about a reduction in troops by 20,000 (including NATO) and setting a date for total withdrawl? People will say “you can’t do that, the Taliban will win”. Are we in Afghanistan to protect a government? I thought we were there to get Bin Laden and al Quaeda.
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