NATO finally acknowledges the Bear Trap

Opinion: Defence

The Western alliance has finally accepted that if the foreign troops cannot defeat the Taliban in 11 years, they are most unlikely to do so in 13 or 15 years. The Russians could have told them that.

US DoD Photo: Cpl. Marcus Kuiper
A United States Marine in Helmand, Afghanistan, May 14.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Friday, 05/25/2012 12:00 am EDT

Last weekend’s NATO summit in Chicago was mostly about how to get NATO troops out of Afghanistan without causing too much embarrassment to the Western governments that sent them, and a little bit about how to ensure that the Taliban don’t take over again once the Western troops leave.

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