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Automatic Afghan Attrition

August 14th, 2014 - 7:39 am

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StrategyPage reports on the completely predictable deterioration of the Afghan National Army:

As expected the Afghans are having a hard time maintaining the aircraft and vehicles they have received, mainly from the U.S., for their security forces. The problem is a growing number of these vehicles and aircraft are inoperable because of maintenance issues. Afghan officers complain that they cannot find or train enough Afghans to keep this stuff in running condition. Foreigners observe that corruption, low education levels, and stiff competition for skilled Afghans has meant that the Afghan military is unable to adequately maintain and repair the aircraft and vehicles they have.

You can’t engage in nation-building where there was never a nation, and you can’t muster a first-world military from third-world tribes.

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You can’t engage in nation-building where there was never a nation, and you can’t muster a first-world military from third-world tribes.

The ultimate question that needs to be answered is: What if they don't want to be? We have our values, they have theirs. If there ultimately is little to no compatibility between the two, then we will have to say good-bye and stop wasting the time, money, and lives.

Of course, when the next 9/11 happens, the cycle will start all over again. Or we'll be dealing with a humanitarian disaster like that occurring in Kurdistan. What's the answer? Is there a possibility of building up the Kurds into a viable, self-sustaining nation? I don't know enough about their history and current state to be able to tell.

It'd be nice if we could create a real Kurdistan, that was allied with us, able to defend its borders, and could really stick it to the Caliphate. That'd piss Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Iraq off to no end.

Win?

Of course, it doesn't help at all that the west seems hell-bent on self-destruction.

What a mess.
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