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Tide Not Turning in Afghanistan, Despite McChrystal Claims

Posted by Derrick Crowe on January 11th, 2010

When asked by ABC’s Diane Sawyer whether he had  “turned the tide” in the Afghanistan war, Gen. Stanley McChrystal said, “I believe we’re beginning to do that now.” General McChrystal’s optimism seems to contradict the information in Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn’s December 2009 report, State of the Insurgency [h/t Noah Shactman at Wired's Danger Room blog]. Flynn’s presentation says:

The Afghan insurgency can sustain itself indefinitely

The Taliban retains required partnerships to sustain support, fuel legitimacy and bolster capacity

Taliban influence expanding; contesting and controlling additional areas

Regional instability is rapidly increasing and getting worse

Kinetic events are up 300% since 2007 and an additional 60% since 2008.

Organizational capabilities and operational reach are qualitatively and geographically expanding

The Taliban now has “Shadow Governors” in 33 of 34 provinces (as of DEC 09)

Strength and ability of shadow governance increasing

Contrary to McChrystal’s statement, the information in Flynn’s presentation makes it clear that U.S. military policies were not and are not the answer.

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