From our readings this week , realities are different .
It is no secret that the U.S. national security during the cold was focused on the Soviet Union actions & Intentions. As such, all covert activities ( Propaganda , Political / economic actions/ Paramilitary & the lethal use of covert actions) were deployed to produce the most tangible successes . To many scholars, war is thought of as the last resort of diplomacy and , consequently , covert operations should be considered when diplomatic efforts have begun to fail, but an overt military strike is not yet politically or operationally feasible.” (Henry, 2005). 1
In December 1979 , the …show more content…
With that in mind , it is easy to play the role of Monday quarterback and question if supplying the Mujahideen with stingers was a “prudent “policy ? By the same token , was it possible to predict the schism amongst the Mujahideen ? Marred with speculation & lack of a crystal ball , trying to read the future with questions questions would only produce more of them , “An investigation of the Stinger case, however, reveals that covert-action decision making is not very different from more mundane political matters— replete with rival constituencies, fluid coalitions, legislative lobbying, and as-sorted backbiting”. (Kuperman,