USA bargains one trouble with another in Afghanistan
US General Stanley McChrystal is now the commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan instead of General David McKiernan. None of high-ranking officials of the Pentagon could explain the reason why the previous commander was dismissed and why Mr. McChrystal could handle the Taliban better than Mr. McKiernan could. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates only said that the United States was in need of a new military command and a new thinking because of a new strategy for the war-torn country.
Anyone who takes interest in history will probably see the likeness between the recent rotation and the one that took place during the US military presence in Vietnam, when General William Westmoreland was replaced with General Creighton Abrams.
Westmoreland stood up for a more active participation of the US military contingent in the destruction of bases and guerrillas of Vietcong. Have you voted for or against Afghanistan war ? Unlike Westmoreland, Abrams wanted to get Vietnam directly involved in the war.
David McKiernan seeks a similar objective for the war against the Taliban, in which the USA is sinking just like it happened in Vietnam. The general repeatedly pointed out the need to increase the Afghan army, to assist in the creation of respectable police force, to root out foreign Jihadists and extremists from the Taliban.
McKiernan use. to say that the USA could win all battles, although it would not mean a victory in the war. The USA needed to win the battle of ideas, the general believed.
by Ivan Tulyakov