The Rural Patriot

November 6, 2006

Recent News on Iraq and Afghanistan

Filed under: Afghanistan,Iraq War — theruralpatriot @ 1:18 pm

I thought that you might find the following articles interesting:

1999 War Games Foresaw Problems in Iraq

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1999 that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops, and even then chaos might ensue.
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“The conventional wisdom is the U.S. mistake in Iraq was not enough troops,” said Thomas Blanton, the archive’s director. “But the Desert Crossing war game in 1999 suggests we would have ended up with a failed state even with 400,000 troops on the ground.”
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The war games looked at “worst case” and “most likely” scenarios after a war that removed then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein from power. Some are similar to what actually occurred after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003

Remember Afghanistan? – C.I.A. Review Highlights Afghan Leader’s Woes

HERAT, Afghanistan, Nov. 4 — A recent Central Intelligence Agency assessment found that the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, had been significantly weakened by rising popular frustration with his American-backed government, American officials say.

The assessment found that Mr. Karzai’s government and security forces continued to struggle to exert authority beyond Kabul, said a senior American official who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. The assessment also found that increasing numbers of Afghans viewed Mr. Karzai’s government as corrupt, failing to deliver promised reconstruction and too weak to protect the country from rising Taliban attacks.
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The assessment, which was conducted before Mr. Karzai’s visit to Washington in late September, echoes the frustration that has gathered force in Afghanistan since the spring, and American officials in Washington and Kabul are expressing increasingly dire warnings regarding the situation here. Ronald E. Neumann, the American ambassador in Kabul, said in a recent interview that the United States faced “stark choices” in Afghanistan. Averting failure, he said, would take “multiple years” and “multiple billions.”

Did the current administration simply ignore the conclusions from the 1999 war games, or did they just disagree with the analysis? Opinions that argued for more troops at the start of the Iraq war were dismissed; perhaps they were more than familiar with the 1999 results.

Afghanistan has been having its share of significant problems, also. How many here in this country are aware of that fact?

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