December 11th, 2011
03:34 AM ET

U.S. admiral reveals plan to triple number of armed Afghans paid to protect villages

The head of America's special forces has revealed a likely controversial plan to triple the number of armed Afghans paid by NATO to protect their villages under a plan once described as "a community watch with AK-47s".
In a rare meeting with journalists Saturday, Adm. William H McRaven, the architect of the daring U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, said the plan could go into effect  over the next two years.
The number of Afghan Local Police, or ALP, could go up from 9,800 to 30,000, if the Afghan government supports it.

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  1. ┴┴∩И╛╛∩Я ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    NATO to protect their villages under a plan once described as "a community watch with AK-47s".
    that sounds like my trailer park...

    December 11, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    What a stupid idea. Afghans protecting Afghans?And NATO can leave.....

    December 11, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Yeah, that's a great idea. Go ahead and arm all the indvidual tribes.

    December 11, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. F1

    Looks like i muat request over time to pay for this one to! I have a good idea lets stop fast and furious and give the afghans those guns in trade for hashish to give to the mexican drug cartels that would calm things down on the border, immigri wont have to run to catch any body

    December 11, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pete/Ark

    and everyone called ATFs "Fast and Furious"a disasterous fiasco ? then again they gotta protect that opium crop so that the cartels can convert it into heroin.

    December 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. michaelfury

    December 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    These follies on the part of those who control our destiny continue. What a crazy proposition.
    Well why not? As long as we the large hearted tax payers continue dishing out dollars to finance wars & misadventures the goingshould remain good.

    December 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. erbuck

    Let's see. I believe this is #6548902 of the ways to get deeper in debt. Seems to be the glorious implosion of our civilization...paying for others of the world to kill their brothers and sisters.

    December 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat


    well said

    December 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zoozither

    we pay these back stabbers to do everything. Yet another idea that will blow up in our collective faces.

    December 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    And this idea was cooked up by the same goon who says they *supposedly* killed Osama??? Didnt see much proof of that either, where do we keep finding these idiots? Well if he thinks its such a gr8 idea let HIM pay for it! My vote is no!

    December 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Peope of the United States of America,
    Since I was a Sepcial Forces Operative in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972 I feel I need to coment on this.
    We tried the same thing in South Vietnam and needless to say it did not work.They ultimatly were in bed with the Vietcong and we all know how the war ended.The Admiral is under orders from the President to put a happy face on all this so we can exit with honor. I wonder who is going to be the last REAL SOLIDER on the helicopter out of Kabul.

    December 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |