General Petraeus announced the dispatch of an additional 20,000 troops to Afghanistan in an effort to restore some semblance of order to a nation which has slowly been descending into chaos. There are currently 60,000 foreign troops in that battered nation of whom about 30,000 are American. The additional troops raises the level of American forces to almost half of the number presently in Iraq. General Petraeus said it was important to separate the “irreconcilables” from the “reconcilables” among the insurgents. Certainly, Iraq proved the need to uncover among those who are hostile to the government.
More troops from America or Europe will not solve Afghan problems. If anything, it is important to focus on economic and political development along with military action.