Strange Victory: A critical appraisal of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Afghanistan war

Carl Conetta. PDA Research Monograph #6, 30 January 2002. (printable .pdf file)


In sum: for a counter-terrorism operation, Enduring Freedom left an enormous strategic wake.
Indeed, its inadvertent effects over-shadow its intended ones.

Instead of stability, Enduring Freedom has produced residual management tasks of uncertain proportion. The Bush administration now proposes to handle these through a substantial additional investment of strategic capital — notably, an expansion of overt military presence, assistance, and activism in central and south Asia.

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