mission creep afghanistan

Another article on the “forgotten forgotten war”–sadly not covered in presidential debates.

From Asian Times:

That means added urgency and stress on the work of a 75-man US-North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led Provincial Reconstruction Team – or “PRT”. But while senior US officers see these teams – 12 of them run by the US military – as the “new wave” in non-combat counter-insurgency, in practice their soldiers look a lot like old-school peacekeepers and “nation-builders”, the kind you find across the developing world under the oft-slandered banner of the United Nations.

Ten years ago, the fast-track US colonels and majors who now lead the Afghan mission would have referred to what goes on here in the name of counter-insurgency as “mission creep”; work well beyond the scope of serious American soldiering.

This one has Thomas Barnett’s ideas all over it.

Published in: on January 31, 2008 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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