icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

We cannot afford even one strategy – US military officer

We cannot afford even one strategy – US military officer
America's new counter-terrorism strategy calls for a refocus of resources to combat domestic terror threats says Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former chief-of-staff, who believes the situation is based on strategic necessity.

As the US and its allies prepare to pull thousands of troops out of Afghanistan, Washington turns its sights to the home front. However, Lawrence Wilkerson believes no matter what is said the US cannot leave the region right now.  “We caused a disaster in the Persian Gulf by destroying the balance of power between Iran and Iraq,” he said. “And we are now that balance of power, so we are not leaving Iraq any time soon. We may say we are, but we are not.”“We are destabilizing Pakistan, it has probably never been so fragile,” he added. “And we are the principal cause. So we are not leaving Afghanistan either, despite what the president might say.” The new counter-terrorism strategy also means fewer American boots on the ground in conflict zones, with more drone strikes and raids by special forces. Lawrence Wilkerson believes the US cannot afford to prepare for “a large war” and carry out this “rather sophisticated counter-terrorism war” simultaneously. “It concerns me that we are sort of forfeiting the ability to fight the big one for the ability to fight a lot of little ones,” he said. With the US already deploying unmanned drones in Libya and preparing to use special forces for covert surgical strikes, Wilkerson believes that introducing ground troops is the only way to change the precarious balance between rebel forces and Gaddafi regime.“I don’t see that we are swinging the balance there,” he said. “I don’t see that we are winning. I don’t see that we are forcing Gaddafi to leave.”

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.