“La guerre, c’est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaires.”
“War is too serious a matter to just be handed over to some military men.”
U.S. and ISAF forces appear to be almost totally dependant on Afghan intelligence in Kandahar, and in particular on intelligence form Wali Karzai who reportedly controls the flow of intelligence information in the region to allied troops. This dependence, together with President Obama’s short and externally-imposed deadlines, has reportedly reshaped military strategy in the province. This represents a shift from the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy developed by David Petraeus and others.
See Gareth Porter, “McChrystal Strategy Shifts to Raids – and Wali Karzai” , IPS (Inter Press Service News Agency), May 24, 2010.
See also earlier articles by The Observer, including:
Intelligence Matters: CIA Capabilities in Afghanistan
March 21, 2010
Intelligence Matters: Khost, The Flynn Report, and a Few Hypotheses
March 17, 2010
Understanding Obama’s Dilemma: Key Articles on Taliban Advances, CIA Role, Karzai’s Brother, Magnitude of U.S. and U.N. Failures
November 13th, 2009
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