It is pretty clear that our real emphasis in Afghanistan is to extricate ourselves from what has turned into a large messy stalemate. On the one hand it is encouraging to see that the Afghan Army and Intelligence services have made some real progress, but on the other we have largely failed to exercise control over huge portions of the country and the Karzai government has very little credibility because of the perception that they are corrupt. The enormous costs associated with a hearts and minds type strategy is probably going to force us to abandon Counterinsurgency, especially given the fact that the government can not hold onto most areas after we clear them. We can not seem to counter the intimidation that the Taliban employ against the local population. (more…)
July 31, 2012
From a political perspective, increased military spending seems to be a topic more democrats are in favor in, versus republicans. For about three years now, the senate and house have been arguing about how much money is being spent on the U. S. military. This argument originally started when the president agreed to increase military spending with the promise of not raising taxes. Several republicans replied that this plan sounded good on paper, but in reality it would end up costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The democrats countered this response by saying that the military budget can be increased without raising taxes, if there are reductions made in other areas. This has become a major sticking point, because neither party can agree on where the cuts and reductions should come from.
The current spending budget is not the only issue dividing democrats and republicans today, they are also in disagreement about when all U. S. military troops should return home. On the republican side, a large number of senators have argued that the U. S. (more…)