Saturday, August 8, 2009

Our Afghan strategy

"An incoming adviser to the top U.S. general in Afghanistan predicted Thursday that the United States will see about two more years of heavy fighting and then either hand off to a much improved Afghan fighting force or "lose and go home." David Kilcullen, a counterinsurgency expert who will assume a role as a senior adviser to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has been highly critical of the war's management to date. He outlined a "best-case scenario" for a decade of further U.S. and NATO involvement in Afghanistan during an appearance at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Under that timeline, the allied forces would turn the corner in those two years, followed by about three years of transition to a newly capable Afghan force and about five years of "overwatch." "We'll fight for two years and then a successful transition, or we'll fight for two years and we'll lose and go home," Kilcullen said."

Our "new, improved" Afghan strategy - - "best-case scenario" is a "decade of further U.S. involvement" in Afghanistan"? We "fight for two years" and then "success", or "we'll lose and go home"?

That's the strategy? If we "succeed", a "decade of further involvement" in Afghanistan?

This was the McCain strategy that Democrats opposed.

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