Over the past decade, while the mission of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan has remained consistent in defeating the Taliban, the focus has shifted from combating the Taliban to preparing the Afghan government for a state without US presence. As US forces prepare for total evacuation by 2014, there is question as to whether or not the country will be stable on it's own. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Paean Lo is Social Psychology Major at the University of Maryland. He has served in the United States Marine Corps for fourteen years and is currently working to become an Officer. Below he explains his own perspective on the situation in Afghan society and what the future holds.
What type of sociological concerns come into play as we start relocating troops and resources from Afghanistan?
GySgt Lo explains that if the evacuation is too hasty, the Afghan police will not be able to prevent the Taliban from taking over. If the Taliban does take over, there could be serious ramifications for the democratic and social structure in Afghanistan.
What is the United States doing to address these concerns?
Lo believes that the US has at least to some extent created a stable government and trained military and police force. Although there is a risk of violent war, Lo believes Afghanistan is prepared to avoid political collapse and brutal takeover by the Taliban.