This is a great idea! I mean, we tried it before…
…and it didn’t come back to bite us, right?
The U.S. government drew all the wrong lessons from the fall in violence following the ethnic cleansing(s) in Iraq, and insist on imposing their frame on Afghanistan. The surge did not cause Iraq violence to drop. The Sons of Iraq did not cause the violence to drop. Iraq underwent ethnic cleansing and fell silent in the aftermath, but all the noise about the “surge” masked the true cause of the silence. This is correlation, not causation–post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
The last thing Afghanistan needs is more U.S. money funding more means of violence.