It is now over seven years since American forces drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and since that time, little, if anything, has been done to develop an effective army to defend the country. President Karzai is anxious to know about American strategic plans once an additional troops arrive in his country by this summer. He was told reinforcements would be sent to deal with regions lacking security, but it is doubtful if 30,000 or fifty thousand additional troops will actually be able to maintain control over areas in which they fight. It i one thing to defeat a Taliban group in battle, it is another to ensure the Taliban do not return to the area.
A major issue is the use of bombing operations which invariably result in the death of innocent civilians. Until Afghanistan has its own functional military force, there is little likelihood foreign troops will be able to handle the situation.