September 11, 2001 brought Afghanistan back into the minds of most Americans. Ever since Reagan’s policy of training and funding the Mujahideen to inflict pain on the Soviets, both Afghanistan and the political necessity for limited war receded from the minds of most people.
We continue to forget the British presence in three failed Afghan wars circa 1840, 1860 and WWI. Afghanistan continues to fascinate, its place and hierarchy in geopolitics foremost.
I bring attention to this for the simple reason that Fredrick Kagan’s writings at the American Enterprise Institute continue to outflank both Dr. Anatol Lieven (who resides as Chair in International Relations and War Studies at Kings College London and Ahmed Rashid at Cambridge England.) Both men are astute observers of a nation and its people, namely the AfPak region. Given that both men don’t receive intelligence reports from Central Command like Kagan shapes my thinking into believing that real progress is being made throughout the Afghan region. Despite an entire failed political class in Washington!
Saad Mohseni is chair of MOBY Group, Afghanistan’s largest media empire with holdings throughout South Asia, the Near East and Eurasia. He ‘leans in’ showing growth that contradicts the Cassandra’s of academia.
Mohseni’s observations are simple. The people throughout the Afghan region don’t trust their government. International observers, NGO’s and contractors report the thoughts of Afghani’s reveling in the security that is purchased by foreign armies.
Yes, meddling regional power players like Iran, the Saudi’s all shape the Taliban and numerous terror networks that operate outside the confines of places like Kabul, but the fact remains: progress is mounting.
As team Obama continues its failed policy of retreat throughout the region, partisan historians and tenured radicals should note: the population of Kandahar, Herat and Kabul enjoy the newfound security purchased by American blood.