Thursday’s New York Timesreports that the outgoing International Security Assistance Force commander, U.S. Marine General John Allen, has submitted three options for a post-2014 “residual force” in Afghanistan. These consist of a “low-risk” option of 20,000, a “high-risk” option of 6,000, and a “medium-risk” option of 10,000.
While none of the newspaper’s sources are on-the-record, this sounds close enough to the methodology used to determine the Iraq force levels in both 2009 and 2011 that it has the ring of truth. Further, Saturday’s Wall Street Journalclaims that the Pentagon—on White House orders—is generating options for 3,000, 6,000, and 9,000.
Missing from this analysis is the scale of the monies we are talking about to maintain force levels in the Afghanistan conflict.
In way of background, Afghanistan is an incredibly expensive war to maintain, as it is a landlocked country, surrounded by mountainous, poorly developed neighbors. Therefore…
View original post 560 more words