Finding a New Way Forward in Afghanistan A Presentation for Selected Members of the House of Representatives. A presentation by Douglas Macgregor, PhD Colonel (ret) U.S. Army Lead Partner Potomac League LLC. Bottom line up front:
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Finding a New Way Forward in Afghanistan
A Presentation for Selected Members of the House of Representatives
A presentation by
Douglas Macgregor, PhD
Colonel (ret) U.S. Army
Potomac League LLC
Bottom line up front:
Understand what it is you are trying to accomplish with military power!
What’s the purpose, appropriate method and desired, attainable end state in Afghanistan?
“The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish by that test the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into, something that is alien to its nature.”
Carl von Clausewitz, On War, Book 1, Chap. 1, Sect 27, page 100.
“Karzai is very dirty by all accounts, but I am not sure you could replace him with someone who isn’t. Plus, it’s not our place to choose an Afghan head of state (as we did this one). The more I think about it the more I think we need to talk seriously about leaving.”
A former CIA officer with extensive experience in the Middle East and Afghanistan recently returned from Afghanistan.
What you should take away from this presentation!
“Damage control,” not “total victory,” is the most realistic goal for U.S. national military strategy in Afghanistan.
What does the McChrystal Report Urge the President to do?
What’s wrong with the McChrystal Report?
If the large-scale commitment of general purpose ground forces is not the answer for Afghanistan, what is the answer?
Final Thoughts for Consideration