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By Brian Michael Jenkins

This publication offers a multifaceted array of solutions to the query, within the ten years because the Sep 11 terrorist assaults, how has the United States answered? In a chain of essays, RAND authors lend a farsighted point of view to the nationwide discussion on 9/11's legacy. The essays determine the army, political, financial, social, cultural, mental, or even ethical implications of U.S. policymaking on account that Sep 11. half one in every of the Read more...

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Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations. S. Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan. He is the author of In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan (2009). I stepped off a Blackhawk helicopter in early 2011 in Bermel, Afghanistan, several miles from the border with Pakistan’s North and South Waziristan Agencies. The jagged limestone mountain ranges, cavernous gorges, sparse population, and parched landscape make it inhospitable terrain and an ideal place for a terrorist sanctuary.

That being the case, the question arises as to whether it would have been better to play a supporting role from the beginning. What an Afghan-Lead Model Could Have Looked Like First, the United States should have backed Karzai’s effort to reconcile with the Taliban in December 2001. A peace process among the Afghans was being discussed at the time, only to be repudiated by the Americans. S. reconciliation with the defeated Taliban forces could have prevented them from regrouping and launching an insurgency— and thus could have allowed the United States to maintain the modest military posture with which its intervention began.

Nonetheless, at a time when the overriding policy mandate is transition, there is little practical alternative but to adapt more effectively to the Afghan environment. This essay argues for an approach in which the West provides respectful assistance to Afghan solutions—what might be called the Afghan-Lead model—in place of the Western-Lead model that has prevailed since late 2001. S. troops in Afghanistan could have been described as insufficient. For years, overall spending was less than what was needed.

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