Obama is drawing down conventional troops in Afghanistan but will replace them with 9,000 special operations forces. The Special Ops will be focused on training Afghan troops.
According to this article on Yahoo News:
By relying on a limited troop presence and special forces, the US approach has come full circle, resembling the model employed at the outset of the war by former president George W. Bush and his controversial defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.
Unlike the Rumsfeld era, fiscal pressures are partly driving the latest emphasis on a light footprint.
Circumstances in Afghanistan also are markedly different from 2001-2002, when the Taliban were in disarray, before the Islamist militants rebounded as a formidable insurgency.
“The problem now is without a sizable counter-insurgency effort, can the (Kabul) government persist in the face of a large, capable insurgency that did not exist in 2002?” Biddle said.
Some have been criticizing this for the following reasons:
- We are in retreat.
- This gamble will put special ops in greater danger.
- Why train Afghan troops, they can train themselves.