General Campbell's Method In The Madness
04 February 2016
By Shahamat Emarat
The commander of the foreign occupying forces, General Campbell stated in an
interview with USA today magazine that he would request the Obama
administration to leave troops in Afghanistan for longer that originally
intended. He also stated that he would not hesitate to aske for more troops on
the ground in Afghanistan.
Recently Obama declared that he would maintain the current force level of over
10,000 troops until the end of 2016 before slashing it in half in 2017.
General Campbell emphasized that he will try to maintain a maximum force level
for as long as possible.
The Obama administration declared an end to its ‘combat mission' in
Afghanistan at the end of 2014 and ostensibly limited that role of the
remaining troops to that of training and advising Kabul's security forces.
Yet despite this declaration, foreign troops have taken part in pitched
battles in Konduz and Helmand provinces as well as regularly carrying out
night raids and indiscriminate aerial bombardment. Their activities in Konduz
resulted in the illegal bombing of the Doctors Without Frontiers Hospital
which killed dozens of civilians.
It should be kept in mind that that was not the only incident where foreign
forces have killed civilians that year. Rather it only gained momentum and a
public acknowledgement because foreign staff workers were involved. Every
month Afghan civilians face such indiscriminate death but unfortunately their
misery is hardly acknowledged in the media or by the perpetuators.
In recent weeks foreign involvement in Helmand province has again brought
misery and death to the civilians of that province. Yet the media hardly
mentions the tragedies of these villages and families.
Yet despite the suffering they have caused and the futility of their mission,
General Campbell and the Pentagon continue to press with their requests for
further troop involvement. Understandably the Defense Department saw a huge
surge in its budget and powers following the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq
and now they are reluctant to relinquish those privileges.
Many analysts cite the case of Iraq after the US withdrawal or Afghanistan
after the Soviet withdrawal to argue that a complete disengagement is
tantamount to defeat and that the US should preserve at face-saving presence
in Afghanistan to prevent a complete collapse of the Kabul regime.
Few American analysts recount the painful memory of Vietnam and how despite
all their efforts, the Americans still could not prevent the North's victory
in that war. Despite all their efforts in Afghanistan, America will be forced
to record another defeat in this country were nothing they do can prevent the
eventual victory of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.