Brian Cloughley


Brian Cloughley, author of War, Coups and Terror: Pakistan’s Army in Years of Turmoil, discusses his article “System Failure: Training the Afghan Army;” why it’s difficult enough to field an army of countrymen who are literate and share a common language – and near impossible to cobble one together in Afghanistan; the new low of US-Afghan relations following the recent massacre; and expectations that US withdrawal will plunge the country into civil war, like when the Soviets departed in 1989.

MP3 here. (17:58)

Brian Cloughley has studied South Asian affairs for over thirty years and is South Asia defense analyst for Jane’s Sentinel, Country Risk, covering Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, updating material monthly. He also analyzes chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear developments in the region for Jane’s Information Group.

9 thoughts on “Brian Cloughley”

  1. Afghans are using U.S. training to know how to fight the U.S. enemy and the steal U.S. weapons.

    Minutemen did same thing with the Brits.

  2. The military mind — Can’t advance to the rear so just keep fighting

    Brian Cloughley
    “There is no way out… an impossible situation…
    no time to train… a half million troops and we’ll
    still be there forever…”

    Listening to the authoritarian voice of the guest speaker, it so reminds me of our platoon leader in the Vietnam War when he would call out, “Do something — Even if its wrong.” A military idiom that must still be in full force and effect, for a Special Forces Sgt. trained to be a sniper woke up from a nightmare and felt compelled to do, right or wrong, just what came natural.

  3. Always a way forward — If your walking in the light

    As a retired vocational school instructor, may I suggest that half of the military trainers in Afghanistan be brought home and replaced with vocation instructors. For nothing makes a solder more patriotic and willing to defend his country then receiving job skills that increase his self-worth and future income.

    Problem is, the last thing our Empire wants is for Afghans troops to be like the young men in Iran, ready, willing and able to defend their country.

  4. Truth — Stranger then mainstream propaganda

    Press TV News
    “Afghan tribal leaders say the recent massacre of Afghan civilians by US troops has been pre-planned and not carried out by a lone soldier, Press TV reports.

    “The tribal leaders of the southern province of Kandahar said on Monday that several US forces, not a single soldier, contributed to the brutal carnage of Afghan civilians and that the violent action had been planned previously.

    They said the carnage was in retaliation against a deadly bomb attack on the US troops in the Zangabad district in the town of Panjwaii in the province of Kandahar, which inflicted serious damage on the American military forces.

    Following the bomb blast, the American forces summoned local Afghans and tribal leaders of the region and vowed a bloody revenge on their children and wives, Kandahar tribal leaders added…

    Local witnesses… put the number of the victims at 18…

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