"Sen. John Kerry warns that a major U.S. troop pullout could trigger civil war in Afghanistan, and a small-scale counterterror campaign is not an alternative to the broader U.S.-led military operation already underway. Kerry's position would appear to rebut anti-war Democrats and others who question calls to deepen the U.S. stake in the 8-year-old war. But the Democratic senator also would not endorse a major military increase as advocated by the commanding U.S. general in Afghanistan. Kerry says General Stanley McChrystal's plan goes too far, too fast."
John Kerry never takes a strong clear well articulated position. He says don't withdraw, but don't try a small scale offensive, and start a broader operation, but neither oppose the war nor increase troop strength. That's what you call "dithering". And, it's why John Kerry lost the presidency in 2004, and has no business being in a Senate leadership role in 2009.