In pursuing an escalation of the Afghan War, President Barack Obama has behaved as a "captive" of the U.S. military and failed to take into account grimmer assessments from civilian experts, said former CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
In an interview with RT America, McGovern criticized Obama's reliance on a "surge" plan from Gen. Stanley McChrystal and the President's failure to ask the CIA's analytical division for a "national intelligence estimate" of the war's prospects.
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Instead Obama gave in to McChrystal's desire to apply counterinsurgency strategies that had little applicability to Afghanistan which has been historically hostile to invaders, McGovern said.
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