Robert A. Pape, University of Chicago | October 16, 2009
The priority in Afghanistan should not be to send more soldiers, but to alter the image of the US and its allies as foreign occupiers. ++ Statistics show that increasing troops in Afghanistan, has in the past directly led to a rise in suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks directed at the US and allied troops. ++ Therefore, America should adopt a "new strategy of off-shore balancing, which relies on air and naval power from a distance, while also working with local security forces on the ground." ++ The key to success will be close cooperation with local actors.