'We should have talked to Taliban' says top British officer in Afghanistan

Jun 28, 2013 Full story: The Guardian

Exclusive: General Nick Carter says west could have struck a deal with Taliban leaders after they were toppled a decade ago General Nick Carter chats with Afghan men in Helmand province in Afghanistan in 2009.

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“Scottish republican”

Since: Dec 09

Aberdeen, Scotland

#1 Jun 29, 2013
Peace talks with the enemy is where poor generals with a failed war strategy end up.

Weak strategic thinking and planning by US and then NATO generals has dragged out the Western intervention in Afghanistan since 2001 and caused far more casualties to our soldiers than was ever necessary.

The military general staff has lacked vision about the enemy and failed to comprehend and react appropriately to intelligence reports that Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other jihadi terror groups are proxies for hostile states, typically managed from Pakistan and funded from Saudi Arabia.

Military strategic essentials have been neglected, such as - when occupying territory, always ensure secure supply routes from one strong point to another.

Instead NATO-ISAF forces in Afghanistan have been deployed in isolated bases, deployed more like tethered goats as bait for the enemy than a conquering or liberating army.

Some combination of military incompetence by the generals and a preference for appeasement on the part of the civilian political leadership has perversely left the West bribing our enemies within the Pakistani terrorist-proxy-controlling state and continuing business-as-usual with our enemies in the Saudi jihadi-financing state.

Itís never too late to learn lessons and adopt an alternative competent and aggressive military strategy and to that end, I have published a detailed improved AfPak military strategy in posts in the Republican Intelligence forum which I administer.

Military strategy against the Taliban in Afghanistan & Pakistan
http://scot.tk/forum/viewtopic.php...

AfPak Mission channel on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/AfpakMission
who

Basingstoke, UK

#2 Jun 29, 2013
Well no shit General Carter.
There will only be peace in Afghanistan when all factions are involved and engaged in the political process, it was always the bleeding obvious outcome.
What a waste of time, money and lives.....our political leaders are idiots.

“Scottish republican”

Since: Dec 09

Aberdeen, Scotland

#3 Jul 7, 2013
Hey who, why don't you get into your TARDIS and go tell Churchill in 1940 that there will only peace in Europe when all factions are involved and engaged in the political process?
who

Basingstoke, UK

#4 Jul 8, 2013
Peter Dow wrote:
Hey who, why don't you get into your TARDIS and go tell Churchill in 1940 that there will only peace in Europe when all factions are involved and engaged in the political process?
Not really the same scenario is it....Unless you think we're about to be invaded by Pashtun tribesmen.
The rather obvious fact is that any kind of peace will only be achieved with the co-operation of the Taliban.
Could have and should have been done years ago.
Like I said, what a waste of time, money and lives.

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