Why Is Russia Helping Anti-U.S. Insurgents In Afghanistan?

Why Is Russia Helping Anti-U.S. Insurgents In Afghanistan? By Philip Ewing, National Public Radio

Russia is supporting anti-U.S. insurgents in Afghanistan — and through them, terrorists, top U.S. national security leaders say.

What isn't clear is why.

The top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, stopped short of detailing everything the U.S. knows about the Russian return to Afghanistan in an appearance before a Senate panel last week. But he did confirm some lawmakers' accounts of what U.S. intelligence has established about the relationship.

"If Russia is cozying up to the Taliban — and that's a kind word — if they are giving equipment that we have some evidence that the Taliban is getting ... and other things that we can't mention in this unclassified setting? And the Taliban is also associated with al-Qaida? Therefore Russia indirectly is helping al-Qaida in Afghanistan," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

"Your logic is absolutely sound, sir," Nicholson said.

Terrorist groups use the Afghan Taliban insurgency as a "medium" in which to operate, Nicholson said, as al-Qaida did before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.

The disclosures about Russia's operations in Afghanistan, which Nicholson said are increasing after they resumed last year, could complicate any effort by President Trump to work more closely with Moscow on fighting terrorism…

The revelation that Russia is covertly supporting U.S. enemies in Afghanistan makes the political case for increasing a counterterrorism partnership that much trickier. And it further expands the global chessboard on which Moscow is playing against the West…

Read on.

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The title question above is: "Why is Russia helping anti-U.S. insurgents in Afghanistan?"

To answer this question, let us look (a) to the Old Cold War of yesterday, (b) to Soviet/communist "expansionist" incursions into America's sphere of influence (for example, into Latin America) back then, and (c) to why the U.S. (then in "containment" and "roll back" mode) would help anti-Soviet/communist insurgents in these (and other?) regions.


The purpose of all this? Defending America from hostile foreign interference — the Monroe Doctrine. But it was also a “forward strategy for freedom,” as Secretary of State George Shultz called it, which above all served to demonstrate that America had revitalized its will to oppose the Soviet Union in the Cold War. ...

Employed as part of a broader strategy, what hybrid warfare did was allow the United States to carry out open-ended competition and signal certain confidence that the value of protecting the U.S. sphere of interest was greater than any opponent’s interest in upsetting it. After all, it would have served little purpose to test the escalation dominance the United States enjoyed in the hemisphere, say by threatening direct action against Cuba or rattling nuclear sabers. Instead, the method was a low-fear, low-cost, economy-of-force way to manage superpower confrontation that remained well below the threshold that might have provoked a more energetic response.



Thus, in the New/Reverse Cold War of today (the U.S./the West now doing "expansion;" Russia, et al., now doing "containment" and "roll back"), to understand "Why is Russia helping anti-U.S. insurgents in Afghanistan" (and elsewhere?) in this exact same light, to wit:

a. As defending Russia from hostile foreign interference.

b. To demonstrate that Russia has revitalized its will to oppose the United States in this New/Reverse Cold War. And

c. To carry out an open-ended competition and to signal a certain confidence that the value of protection the Russian sphere of interest/former sphere of interest is greater than any opponent's interest in upsetting it.

What say you?

Does the above explanation (see my "a" - "c" above) "answer the mail?"