Allen West: Define the Enemy: What it takes to win in Afghanistan


“Is your operation enemy oriented or is your operation terrain oriented?”

“The first thing we fail to understand is that Afghanistan is not a war in and of itself. Neither was Iraq a war in and of itself.

We have a war against an Islamic, totalitarian enemy which is political, which is informational it is military and it is also economic.”

-Lt. Col. Allen West

Lt. Col. Allen West (US Army, Ret.) speaks to the Center for Security Policy’s National Security Group on Capital Hill. Col. West was a senior advisor, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command.

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