But he added: “We’re not going to win this war. It’s about reducing it to a manageable level of insurgency that’s not a strategic threat and can be managed by the Afghan army. “We may well leave with there still being a low but steady ebb of rural insurgency.”
Brig Carleton-Smith said the aim should be to change the nature of the debate in Afghanistan so that disputes were settled by negotiation and not violence. “If the Taliban were prepared to sit on the other side of the table and talk about a political settlement, then that’s precisely the sort of progress that concludes insurgencies like this,” he said. >>>>>
The government of Afghanistan prior to the invasion of that country was trying to do just that — “…sit on the other side of the table and talk about a political settlement,…precisely the sort of progress that concludes insurgencies like this.” to come back many years later, after the world has witnessed the attempt to ethnically cleanse and the successful changing of the government to one that the occupation forces feel more comfortable with – of course, for the natural resources of that region.