Though US troops are nominally “advisers” in Afghanistan, the new approach, with its substantial escalation of the war, is expected to be dramatically more dangerous for rank-and-file troops being deployed, and likely to lead to an increase in casualties.
That’s because the “adviser” label is applied no matter where the troops are deployed or what they’re doing, and in the new Afghan escalation, many of those US troops are being embedded more deeply than ever before.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie confirmed that the military’s view is that the troops are being put into increased danger, warning that casualties are likely to result.
Advisory embedding at higher levels of the Afghan military has been common, but these moves rarely put US troops out anywhere near combat situations. The new strategy is likely to put many of them right on the front lines with the Afghan military.
This is a problematic situation, because not only does it risk casualties for US troops engaged in combat, but close proximity to Afghan combat troops has, historically, led to a substantial increase in insider attacks killing and wounding US troops as well.
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Once the whole Afghan army deserts there won’t be any problems with green on blue.
Sir, Russian Communist Leader Gorbachov must be laughing at American Democracy for choosing A Great President Donald Trump; U.S.A., is A Great Country & President Trump can’t do in two terms with America – what Gorbachov did with U.S.S.R., so, with the help of His Sincere Friends – Netanyahu & AIPAC, President Donald Trump is laying the foundation stone to UnDO/Dismantle U.S.A., in A Decade or So?
You’re 100% correct, Humayun Sheik; indeed, the former Soviet Premier Gorbachev must be laughing at the majority of the US electorate for choosing Donald J. Trump as POTUS. The US is a great country and Pres. Trump can’t do in two terms with it, what Gorbachev did with the USSR; so, with the help of his “sincere friends” – Netanyahu and AIPAC, DJT’s laying the foundation stone to undo/dismantle the US in a decade or so?
I wonder if this is either fact or fiction.
Gorbachev is more likely crying in disbelief that he lost, both the Cold War and the Soviet Union.
Communists never did figure out how to replace the vital organ of capitalist price discovery critical to a national economy.
The GMO trans-fat-catty artificial price discovery developed by crony capitalism has yet to play out.
…. But … but… The Donald promised to make America great again!
And he still might. Like the former Soviet Union, the U.S. rests on a Mackinderan geographical world pivot. Very hard to stay crashed sitting on a natural heartland of production, trade and commerce.
Maybe Trump can use some widows as props during next years SOTU address. Tell them how their mates died as heroes in an 18(by then)year war while the crowd stands and applauds. Should keep us going to the next SOTU address. Support the troops.
Except for the part about where military families were expecting a far less kinetic presidency…
We’ll have 50,000 combat troops there by year end, and more on the way, Trump won’t have it said he lost A/Stan.
Trump doesn’t even have cash for nuke upgrades. He’s in the same boat as Johnson/Nixon; corruption has given new meaning to the velocity of money.
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