Another Afghan Surge Is a Terrible Idea

This podcast explains how more American soldiers won't make a difference

Another Afghan Surge Is a Terrible Idea Another Afghan Surge Is a Terrible Idea
How many soldiers does America need to turn the tide in Afghanistan? The Taliban controls half the country and continues to gain ground. The... Another Afghan Surge Is a Terrible Idea

How many soldiers does America need to turn the tide in Afghanistan? The Taliban controls half the country and continues to gain ground. The Pentagon and generals in the field want U.S. president Donald Trump to send an additional 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to help win the war.

But we’ve been here before. In 2009, Gen. Stanley McChrystal famously requested a troop surge and got it. In the long run, an extra 30,000 soldiers didn’t matter.

This week on War College, journalist and author Douglas Wissing tells us why he thinks a troop surge in Afghanistan a terrible idea.

Wissing has embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan three times in the past 16 years. He’s written two books on the country and he’s not optimistic about America’s long-term military prospects in a war that’s almost two decades old.


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