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U.S. Strategy: Put More Women in Afghan Army

helioquois Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 12:09 PM
This is where US policy fails miserably. Islamic cultures, and others with zero history of western enlightenment, will go along with the female human rights initiatives as long as they receive US aid and the US is entrenched in their country. It all goes away after we leave, and these women which we elevated with our policies, will pay the price after our departure. We waste our time here when we should be building self-sustained Afghan military and police forces, capable of engagement without US oversight, and able to sustain itself via training/education/recruitment, etc. We need to work within cultural guidelines in these countries, not try to change the culture.
When NATO published a "media backgrounder" on Afghan security forces in October 2010, the U.S.-led alliance was adamant that as the Afghan National Army (ANA) grew to the point where it would be able to defend its own country, it would also need to increase the women in its ranks.

"This growth must result in an inclusive army," said the NATO document. "This requires future effort in building a cadre of female soldiers, as well as ensuring an ethnically balanced army. Currently there are 301 women in the ANA, of which 166 are officers."

A year later, The New York Times...