The ongoing debate about military policy to be pursued in Afghanistan continues as General McChrystal urges rethinking both objectives and tactics in that land. “At the end of the day, we don’t win by destroying the Taliban. We don’t win by body count. We don’t win by the number of successful military raids or attacks. We win when the people decide we win.” In other words, it is the people of Afghanistan who must be convinced supporting NATO and American troops is in their best interest. McChrystal argues more troops will buy time for the Afghan army to become an effective fighting force.
The essential ideas of General McChrystal make sense, but he leaves out an imortant concept. The Afghan army will never become effective until the government of Afghanistan is led by honest men and women who use money and resources to better the lives of ordinary citizens, not just to enrich the wealthy.