Joe Nation wrote:
So, you are in charge of the immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan.
What is your exit strategy?
I want your detailed plan with all the options.
Remember: The place is landlocked.
Are you going to fly everybody out leaving all that equipment behind?
Going to drive out ? Which way?
Right through the Taliban in Kandahar Province into Pakistan, then South to Karachi?
No....the fricking Kyber Pass????
East through Iran? HEH HEH HEH.
North gives you Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, no sorry, that's Tajikistan isn't it? I always get those two mixed up.
I'm not familiar with this alternate path through Kandahar into Pakistan you mention. Is there such a route?
In any case, we have two overland routes currently available, south through the Khyber Pass, and north through Russia (I forget which countries we pass through on our way to Russia).
We could add in a route that goes through Turkmenistan, and then go across the Caspian to Azerbaijan and Georgia. That would allow us to lay the diplomatic foundation for cross-Caspian oil and gas pipelines. There is a lot of oil and gas in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and it would be nice to scoop it all away from Russia and China.
I recognize that you are critiquing demands that we actually pull out immediately, but those demands are silly, and the people who make them are going to be disappointed.
Note that while we are pulling out the regulars by 2014, we are going to pour in tens of thousands of Special Forces to replace them. We won't be pulling out completely until we've fully eradicated the enemy.