Posted on 30-10-2009
Filed Under (Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut

A previous post alluded to the problem the United States had in training an Afghan army.  Here is another article about the cultural, economic and logistical nightmares that bedevil the training effort of an Afghan army and have prevented any draw down of American troops.  The United States had a similar problem creating an Iraqi army, but Iraq at least had a tradition of a professional army.  Then there is the insistence on training the soldiers with the M-16.  This may be a boon for American military suppliers and it does have superior firepower than the the low maintenance AK-47, but one wonders whether a weapon which even trained American soldiers find difficult to maintain in rugged Afghan conditions is ideally suited as the weapon of choice for the rag tag Afghan army.

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[…] whether this is feasible.  If the Afghan army is still a figment of imagination (previous post here) and the Karzai government remains as incompetent (both very likely scenarios) will the United […]

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