In our continuing series on "winning the war" in Afghanistan, we have crashed into the political realities of government aid and protectionism, as practised by the EU and the US. Earlier in the series, we asserted that, in order to succeed, "any military activity must be closely integrated with, and responsive to, a cocktail of high policy, other agency activities and government actions."
By the same token, "high policy, other agency activities and government actions" must be closely integrated with, and responsive to military activities and needs. What we are learning from what has become a journey of discovery is that they are not. In fact, so far do they deviate from what is absolutely necessary, the indications are that, whatever they do – short of some rather unorthodox action - the military are unlikely to succeed.
Read more on Defence of the Realm. For links to all the posts in the series, see here.