On October 2, 2009, I wrote and published a blog analysis titled “What is Not Happening Inside the White House’s Situation Room for the War in Afghanistan?” detailing what President Obama should do in order to end the war in Afghanistan.
On October 7, 2009, CBS Evening News followed up with a special report titled; CBS Evening News: Afghanistan, the Road Ahead, which simply and precisely summarized everything I had written in my October 2nd analysis.
Today, November 8, 2009, through his translator, former Soviet Union President, Mikhail Gorbachev, issued a brief statement, giving advice for President Obama on Afghanistan. Mr Gorbachev’s statement basically exemplifies almost everything that I had written in my October 2nd analysis.
Mr. Gorbachev too claims that Obama should not increase the US troops in Afghanistan, but should instead start uniting the Afghanis clans, hereby referring to the Afghani government and members of the Taliban movement. In other words, Mr. Obama should instead work to politicize the Taliban movement into a non-armed political organization.
Here is a short list of excerpts taken from Mr. Gorbachev’s statement:
“I think that what’s needed is not additional forces,” the former Soviet leader said through a translator, “this is something that we discussed, too, years ago but we decided not to do it. And I think our experience deserves attention.”
Instead of more troops, Gorbachev said the Soviets decided to emphasize domestic development in Afghanistan and promoting national reconciliation between the various clans in the country. In deciding how to proceed in Afghanistan, Gorbachev said the Soviet Union also consulted with other countries including the United States, Iran, Pakistan, and India.
I hope Mr. Obama, as he nears his decision on what to do next in Afghanistan, that he will make the right move, that’s; not to increase the US troops in Afghanistan, but instead, use the current available resources and assets in Afghanistan and the area, and work with all the involved groups; Karzai, the Taliban, EU, India, Russia, China, and Pakistan, to bring these two groups, Karzai and the Taliban, together and talk, and eventually form a unity government in Afghanistan.
That’s the only way that will end the war in Afghanistan, and eventually help flush out Osama bin Laden and his members of Al Qaeda.