McChrystal Report Leaked
So the Washington Post got a copy of Gen McChrystal’s confidential assessment of the situation in Afghanistan, which outlines the key obstacles to ISAF success there. Once again, the significance of corruption in the Afghan government is highlighted as being as great a threat to the whole endeavour as the Taliban and mistakes by ISAF. This is such a serious issue because, while “protecting the population” is a key component of the strategy, “supporting the host government” is another fundamental basis of the strategy as well. But here’s the beef: if ISAF is so pegged to the Afghan government in its hopes for success, then what is the strategy for ensuring the Afghan government is a credible, legitimate, reliable and much less corrupt set of institutions than it is now? I have not seen such a sub-strategy presented anywhere, which constitutes a serious strategic gap, and therefore means the whole operation is based on a prayer (unless I’m wrong and there is a serious strategy for this of course). Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, if we examine the history of corruption in political institutions, is there anything available to suggest that any reasonable strategy to achieve this aim can be put together at all? I feel that there isn’t. All contributions, suggestions very welcome on this.