George Will on Afghanistan

Quoting from the much discussed Steve Coll’s book, “Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pak­istan,” Will writes,

…when Gen. Stanley McChrystal went to Afghanistan in May 2002, “A senior Army officer in Washington told him, ‘Don’t build [Bondsteels],’ referring to the NATO base in [Kosovo] that Rumsfeld saw as a symbol of peacekeeping mission creep. The officer warned McChrystal against ‘anything here that looks permanent. . . . We are not staying long.’ As McChrystal took the lay of the land, ‘I felt like we were high-school students who had wandered into a Mafia-owned bar.’ ” It has been a learning experience. After blowing up tunnels — some almost as long as a football field — thought to be created by and for terrorists, U.S. officials learned they were actually an ancient irrigation system.

You can read the rest here.

More elements of the Chinese security architecture are being put in place.

This time in Pakistan. This follows Djibouti, China’s first overseas military base as well as China’s purchase of Hambantota port in Sri Lanka.

Here is the headline in SCMP.

First Djibouti … now Pakistan port earmarked for a Chinese overseas naval base, sources say.


You can read more here.

India announced it will build a similar style base in the island state of Seychelles.

The Indian Ocean is shaping up as the candidate to figure out if China’s rise will be peaceful or not. Keep in eye on this region.