Expert: Light Footprint Would Make Af-Pak CT Ops Impossible


The American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project released a video on Thursday saying that the White House’s proposal to keep between 6,000 and 15,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 would be detrimental to national security.

Frederick W. Kagan, director of AEI’s Critical Threats Project and national security expert, narrated the video saying that maintaining counterterrorism operations in the region would be “impossible.”

“Two Afghan Army Corps are fighting insurgents and terrorists today but they need our help,” Kagan said. “Retreating to one base puts many miles and huge mountains between our troops and their targets. We simply cannot conduct counterterrorism operations in South Asia from such a footprint.”