Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Community Defense Initiative (CDI) Meets Roadblocks in Afghanistan

Just when it seemed the U.S. military was heading in the right direction in Afghanistan with some recent changes in strategy we now receive news of a change in course.  One of the promising changes brought about in recent months was the implementation of the Community Defense Inititiative (CDI).  This, in short, was the stationing of U.S. Special Forces in tribal areas of Afghanistan in an effort to provide an organizing and supporting structure to tribes who were willing to resist Taliban pressure.  Special Forces ODAs would leave their FOBs (finally) to live among the people (what a concept).  Now it seems that the higher-ups feel this is not a good plan.  Hmmmmm.  Read more in "Afghan Community Defense Reigned In?", The Washington Independent, January 22, 2010.

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