After nearly nine years of war and the introduction of numerous “winning strategies,” it is difficult to evaluate if the latest one will actually work-for longer than a few months. General Stanley McChrystal explained the strategy to be employed in the coming offense in Khandahar. It will be a combination of both military and political strategies which will slowly unfold. Among the key components of the approach will be “working with political leaders to tyy to get san outcome that makes sense.” He does expect a closer working relationship with the Afghan National Police in order to ensure continuity after conclusion of the military campaign.
The strategy to be employed is interesting, but hardly a new one. Variations of ideas put forth by the general have previously been used and the end result was invariably a return to what was rather than introducing what will become. We will wait to see what becomes or doesn’t become.