In an alarming sign that the U.S. really might be trying to replicate its Iraq “surge” strategy in Afghanistan, “the vast majority” of the new combat troops arriving in January will be deployed to secure the capital, the New York Times reports.
It’s not that Kabul doesn’t need to be protected; it’s just that it isn’t Baghdad. There are no ring roads to use as an outer cordon. In fact, it’s not a planned city at all. There are no obvious exit or entry points that could be identified and used to disrupt insurgent movement. Kabul is a sieve — you couldn’t plug it with a division, let alone a measly Army brigade.