If you are saying we can accomplish more through humanitarian assistance than through military OPS, then I agree.Thank you - I didn't see it.
Ok - I read it, it's short and simple. . . but there are a few issues.
So, here they're saying that for the really big groups - military force is advisable.
It is estimated there are less than 100 al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
But since military force hasn't worked with A-Q then we should approach them as we would smaller groups (police and government venues).
And therein lies our problem and goal - to assist, support and rebuild their governments so that can be done. . .
Not the role of combat troops that the report highlighted was counter productive.
That's what we did in Iraq and that's what we should do in Afghanistan, if that's to be our continued focus.
No we helped set up puppet governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
However, how can one rebuild and support a government when the government and police force is, also, infiltrated by the group (one or many) that we're trying to weed out?
If we take away their ability to recruit new members than they will just fade away as a real threat. Our war on terror with our killing of thousands of innocent civilians has accomplished just the opposite, which is why the Rand Corp. determined it to be counter productive.
Or, if not, then they're so set in their ways they're not open to change and certain levels of help (as it was with Iraq).
Afghanistan has always been governed in a tribal fashion. Our western notion of a centralized president ruling the country is not realistic.
I agree, partially...
However (the last part) I don't agree with - the "common criminal" VS "terrorist" treatment doesn't fly with me yet.
*if* our military was *not* involved then perhaps. But so long as they're acting against our soldiers they are soldiers from the opposing force and not just common criminals. (my opinion, anyway). However, I'm aware that it might be a psychological-issue. They are fighting a holy-war and so if they think they're fighting it and they think that we believe it's their holy war, then that miht enourage them and bring them together.
The killing of innocent civilians has always galvanized opposition to the occupation. The Rand Report drew similar conclusions in their research of terrorists.
So, aside that, they can only be combatants or criminals if we remove our military force completely and assist in reforming their countries in other ways.