somnath wrote:This is more than fantasy, its ludicrous! For India to maintain any meaningful number of troops in Afghanistan (forget 100,000 -thats 10% of the Amry for God's sake!), the most important "ally" has to be Pakistan! Suffice to say that the moment India puts in even a word of its intention, Pakistan is going to pull the logistics plug off the Americans. So how is any force going to maintain itself? Through Iran - which will kindly agree to help the US in Afghanistan? Or through Central Asia? What is the incremental cost of that? And we would be sending our troops in harms way knowing fully well that even the shortest air supply route is overflying Pakistan!
america has a credibility problem in Afghanistan, in a society that is deeeply fundamentalist (in no small measure due to America!). While it needs more boots on the ground, it really doesnt help if those boots are not "muslim boots". Any fresh non-muslim boots will only maintain the current level of problems there.
And from our selfish perspective, it is not even good psyops! Night dreams is probably a better word for this..
That makes me think it could be a good move as if Pakis pull the plug on Americans then Americans pull the finance that Pakis survive on Saudis and Chinkis have already said no.
The next logical step is carving out of Balochistan so the route to Afghanistan is secured. Americans will have to fix the Pakis nukes or maybe that is the first thing to do.