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This is smart analysis.

The obsession with the idea of an Afghan surge just doesn’t make sense to me. Why are we focusing on the major urban areas in Afghanistan, when 3/4 of the population lives in rural areas? Safe haven myths aside, wouldn’t an ‘urban’-centric COIN policy leave basically the vast majority of Aghanistan as a possible ‘safe haven’ for al-Qaeda and their allies? Copying-and-pasting the strategies we used in Iraq in 2006-2008, while having made some success in bettering the security situation, will not work for one simple reason.

Iraq is not Afghanistan. Stop fighting the last war, and fight this one!



Andrew Swift

Andrew Swift is a graduate of the University of Iowa, with a degree in History and Political Science. Long a student of international affairs, he is on an unending quest to understand the world better.