October 2, 2009
No More Blank Checks for Karzai
Michael O'Hanlon, Washington Times
In recent weeks an apparent gap has emerged between Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who is fully committed to the counterinsurgency strategy articulated by President Obama in March, and Mr. Obama's advisers, who appear to have major doubts about the mission. This may be a looming clash, a fundamental disagreement in the making. But for now, it seems to me, both positions have some merit.
Gen. McChrystal's position is reasonable and easy to defend. The basic logic of asking for more forces is fairly simple. We have added about 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan in the last few months, and we've put them down mostly in the south of the country. We've created, as counterinsurgent theorists like to say, additional "ink spots" - additional places where we've cleared and are now...
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