Afghanistan: The Price of Pleasing Everyone

Despite including what’s expected to be an enormous troop increase — one tied to a dialed-in strategic and tactical approach and accompanied by “exit ramps” — President Barack Obama’s speech tonight outlining his new Afghanistan war plan is widely expected to leave everyone, both war supporters and opponents, at least partially disappointed. As the pre-speech chatter would have it, there are not enough troops or commitment for the former camp, and not enough firm conditionality for the latter. That’s quite a contrast with the initial strategy rollout back in March, which managed to satisfy almost everyone, and represents the delayed […]

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