Thursday, March 16, 2006

"First In"

I am reading a very good account of our Afghanistan triumph by the CIA officer who took the first team in a week after 911. As fast as it looked to us, the reason it took until Christmas to take Kabul was the debate about what to do while this team was with the Northern Alliance gathering intel and trying to get the DOD to send in A-Teams. The main debate was over helping the NA. State and most of the Beltway establishment was committed to a southern approach that the Paks wanted.

After our A-Teams were in place they couldn't get the CAS needed. It was all being used on "strategic" targets in the south. Once the decision was made to bomb the Taliban troops opposing the NA, it was over in a couple of weeks.

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