(AFP) - A retired army colonel commissioned
by the Pentagon (news - web sites) to examine
the war in Afghanistan (news - web sites)
concluded the conflict created conditions
that have given "warlordism, banditry and
opium production a new lease on life."
Army Colonel Hy Rothstein, who served in the
Army Special Forces for more than 20 years,
wrote in a military analysis he gave to the
Pentagon in January that the US failed to
adapt to new conditions created by the Taliban's
collapse, The New Yorker magazine reported.
failure to adjust US operations in line with
the post-Taliban change in theater conditions
cost the United States some of the fruits
of victory and imposed additional, avoidable
humanitarian and stability costs on Afghanistan,"
Rothstein wrote in the report.
the war's inadvertent effects may be more
significant than we think."
military should have used Special Forces to
adapt to new conditions, Rothstein wrote.
war "effectively destroyed the Taliban but
has been significantly less successful at
being able to achieve the primary policy goal
of ensuring that al Qaeda could no longer
operate in Afghanistan," he wrote.
Pentagon returned the report to Rothstein
with a request he cut it drastically and soften
his conclusions, the magazine reported.
may be a kernel of truth in there, but our
experts found the study rambling and not terribly
informative," Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Defense Joseph Collins told The New Yorker.
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