We should be asking the presidential candidates more about their views on using the U.S. military to train foreign armies, a strategy that has not worked well in Iraq and Afghanistan, says Lt. Col. Daniel Davis in this Burning Issues segment.
Davis says that the Iraqi and Afghan armies that have been trained by the U.S. military in the last eight years have largely disintegrated, especially in Afghanistan, in the face of smaller opposition armies. Still, there are voices in the White House and Congress who are pushing to use the same strategy in Libya, Syria and other trouble spots. Can that work? “The evidence seems to scream, ‘no,'” he says.