December 24, 2012

The Risks of an Afghan Drawdown

Max Boot, Washington Post

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All in all, limiting the U.S. presence to 6,000 or so troops in Bagram and Kabul would be a major counterterrorism setback. It would also have a deleterious impact on the combat effectiveness of the Afghan army and police.

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Gary Schmitt, Weekly Standard
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A Decade of Western Folly in Afghanistan
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In recent years, the most esteemed officer in America—the very model of the modern general—was David Petraeus, whose public image combined the theorizing of the new school with a patina of old-fashioned toughness and... more ››
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Will Pakistan Play Ball in Afghanistan?
Robert Dreyfuss, The Diplomat
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