Sunday, November 29, 2009
Due to a dispute between the State Department and the military men fighting the war on the ground in Afghanistan it appears that an opportunity to turn the tide of the war may be lost. U.S. Army Special Forces ODAs have begun to deploy themselves into remote tribal areas far from large logistical support bases to encourage tribes to resist Taliban control. Unfortunately, the State Department is with-holding funding for this initiative. Called the Community Defense Initiative (CDI), the program calls for Green Berets to live in villages that have been inclined to resist the Taliban. The intent is to bolster the villagers resistance and make that specific area of Afghanistan controlled by the tribe an anti-Taliban sector; if not friendly to the Afghan central government. Read an article about the inititive in "Afghan Militias Battle Taliban With Aid of U.S.", The New York Times, November 21, 2009.