With opinion polls showing that the Americans and European publics turning against the nearly the Afghan war, U.S Army General Stanley McChrystal has called for more troops to be sent to Afghanistan.
To boost his case, General McChrystal said that failure to sent more troops could risked an outcome where defeating the Taliban insurgency is no longer possible. The problem for U.S President Barack Obama (and McChrystal) is where the troops will come from.
General McChrystal already commands more than 100,000 Western troops in Afghanistan, and over two-thirds of them are American. Even if President Obama want to send more troops there (and there are hints he don’t), where would he find the numbers needed?
A lot of people say Iraq, but the situation in Iraq is still fluid and you can’t move troops from one war zone to another without time to rearm, retrain and re-assess the troops. No help will come from Europe as thousands of Italians just packed the streets of Rome to call for Italy to pull its troops out amid a state funeral for the 6 Italian soldiers who were killed last week by a bomb.
General McChrystal said that “under-resourcing” the Afghan war could make America losing it. However I think the question is not a matter of “under-resourcing” but a question of whether there are adequate resources now to conduct the Afghan war.