Monday, September 21, 2009

The War Country

Report: Troops needed to avoid Afghan failure

The situation in Afghanistan is serious and growing worse and without more boots on the ground the United States risks failure in a war it's been waging since shortly after the terror attacks of September 2001, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, says in a confidential report.

"Resources will not win this war, but under-resourcing could lose it," McChrystal wrote in a five-page Commander's Summary.

Let me see if I got this right. We can't win, but we might lose. What, exactly, is the definition of "win"? If winning means financial and political collapse for the U.S., then we might as well bring the troops home and close shop on our worldwide garrisons and occupations. And how did this AP reporter get her hands on a "confidential report"?


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