A Logistical ‘Challenge’ is an understatement

I have been talking within my circles of Afghan vets for the last four months while the President has had in his possession about the logistics of surging in forces. We have all seen this this is going to be a major issue. There is nowhere to put these guys. And as the article states, how are they going top put them there when flying is probably the only real way to move troops around in the winter.

It took four months to plan and now will take only six months to deploy 30,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a rapid pace that surprises observers both inside and outside of the Defense Department.

To put that many troops into country in a six month time window is nothing short of miraculous. This is not a linear battle, where we have battle lines and rear areas that are relatively safe. It is a 360 degree battlefield that requires 360 degree security.

When former President Bush sent 30,000 additional troops to Iraq, where the infrastructure, roads and entry points are far superior to Afghanistan, the surge took place over five months, which was considered an enormous feat..

The statement above says it all. In Iraq they could drive the vehicles up from Kuwait, they could fly the troops into BIAP, and they had large FOBs already like Taji, Mosul, etc. that they could throw up tents and cots in a hurry.

None of this exists in Afghanistan. So how in the heck do they expect to get them all in country in six months? I am sure there are senior Army logisticians that are drinking heavily tonight or banging their heads into the wall as they are being asked to perform the impossible.

In my opinion, either the President is not listening to his Sr. Army Advisers about what this surge will take, or they are lying to him and telling him what he wants to hear and not the truth.

Read the whole story at, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/01/accelerated-troop-surge-afghanistan-faces-logistical-challenge/

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