“More problematic was the strategic rationale. â€œWeâ€™re not living in their homes, but weâ€™re living in their valley,â€ General McChrystal said, explaining that American soldiers were â€œan irritant to the peopleâ€¦There was probably much more fighting than there would have been (if US troops had never come.)â€
This was true beginning in 2006, leaving a gap of four years in our strategic thinking. Our military strategy made no sense, if US troops were the reason for the fighting in the first place. Hence a political thesis emerged: the xenophobic Korengalis were ungovernable by anyone – except the Taliban. Even that was disputed by the commander of the US battalion responsible for the Korengal. â€œI donâ€™t believe there are any hard-core Taliban in the valley,â€ LtCol Brian Pearl said."
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