The decisive year in Afghanistan?

British Member of Parliament Rory Stewart asks a few interesting questions about the presence, strategy, negative collateral effects and astonishing optimism of Western and coalition in Afghanistan, despite consistent warnings of field experts.

  • 2004 – “Without question, this is a decisive year in Afghanistan” (US General Barno)
  • 2005 – “I think 2005 can be a decisive year” (US General Abuzaid)
  • 2006 – “2006 will be the crunch year for the Taliban” (US General Richards)
  • 2007 – “This is a decisive year for the future of Afghanistan” (Espen Eide, Norwegian Deputy Minister)
  • 2008 – “I think next year will be a decisive year (US Major General Champoux)
  • 2009 – “We are knee-deep in the decisive year” (US General McChrystal)
  • 2010 – “2010 will be a decisive year” (David Miliband, UK Foreign Secretary)
  • 2011 – “2011 will be a decisive year (German Minister for Foreign Affairs)

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