Now that I’ve had a few days to ingest, digest, and perform my own mission analysis on your newÂ plan for Afghanistan, I’m a bit concerned.Â My concerns are based from my experiences of being on one end of the spectrum at the tip of of the spear defending freedom in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions, to the opposite end of that spectrum in Kuwait serving in the logistical nerve center for both Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).Â My good friend Bouhammer has already brought up on his blog many excellent points in the pros and cons to your new plan, and now I’m going to take a few minutes to point out some more.
Until last Tuesday, our primary mission in Kuwait has been to meet your timeline for the responsible withdrawlÂ of forces in OIF.Â TheÂ elements on theÂ groundÂ at the nerve centerÂ have spent many hours developing different courses of action in order to accomplish this mission that you had outlined earlier this year.Â However, we were also aware that after General McChrystal â€™s request earlier this fallÂ for additional troops, we would be simultaneously tasked with a parallel primary mission to support.Â I must admit that the length of time (3 months) that you took to finally decided (its one thing to analyze your options but over thinking is obvious here) on a planÂ to surge theÂ OEF forces and then stating that you want the majority of those forces in place within 6 months really caught us with our pants down.Â Apparently you didn’t consider the effects of winter weather in Afghanistan.Â There are reasons why operations almost completely shut down during the winter months, let alone trying to shove 30,000 new troops on the ground at this time.Â If the logistical world could’ve had 2 of those 3 months back that you used on making your decision, then we might have been able toÂ attain your 6 monthÂ timeline and still juggle around enough helping hands to continue with the OIF withdrawl (which itself is a huge tasking).Â I won’t get started on yourÂ timeline of after 18 months we will startÂ our withdrawl from OEF, because mostÂ of the new troops will still be less then 12 months on the ground.
Now I don’t want to come off as a complete naysayer.Â The elements of the military have been given a task by their President and we will do everything within our abilities to accomplish this mission.Â Mr. President, I’m going to inform you thatÂ over the course of the next 6-8 months you will be unhappy as a result of the slower then expected withdrawl from Iraq andÂ not having all of yourÂ new troops on the ground in Afghanistan.Â Then you will have the loonies on the left and the war hawks on the right equally upset with you.Â I’m just giving you my concerns as I’m looking at it fromÂ the logistical nerve center and the rumblings I’m hearing from within.
Click on the link below to get a behind the scenes look at the President’s decision making process:Â Â
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