For years the US has been saying that a strong and independent Afghan National Army (ANA) is the key to any exit stratedgy for the coalition. But the ANA has been plagued with problems, and it is very doubtful if it can indeed remain a cohesive and functioning army after it loses the support of theNATO/ISAF assistance mission. While the Afghan soldiers' bravery is not in question, their almost total lack of raillery, air support, Medevac, intelligence gathering, logistics, maintenance, and many other areas are cause for grave concern. But President Obama has said the timetable for US withdrawal is "irreversible." And so, ready or not, the Afghan army marches inexorably to war.