January 13, 2014

A Tale of Two Surges

Rick Richman, Commentary

The Associated Press

More than three-fourths of the names on some future Afghanistan memorial wall will be those of American soldiers who died under a commander-in-chief contemptuous of the military, whose foreign policy was (to use Bret Stephens’ expression in this incisive video on the Gates book) “the conduct of politics by other means” – a chilling fact now underlined by a former secretary of defense’s book.

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TAGGED: Robert Gates, Afghanistan, Barack Obama


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