"We are not going to win this war just by staying. My own judgment is, quite frankly, that we are not going to ever defeat the insurgency. We have to have an Afghan government that is capable of managing that insurgency and improving its own governance.”
I’ve been wondering about that myself.
Historically, no one has ever had much success getting Afghans to knuckle under to foreign rule.
Most recently, we had the
Sure the Soviets were ultimately defeated by the
But it took 10 years.
And the Mujahideen never let up.
Before that we had the English. The English fought three wars in
As a matter of fact, war is part and parcel of Afghan history. As the PM observed, Afghan insurgency is historically a way of life there.
So in the end, I find myself in agreement with PM Harper. Afghans have time and the terrain on their side. All we can really hope for is to have a stable government in
In other words, the best thing we can do for the government in