The story that is important to us is the gloomy prognosis for the US-backed NATO expedition into Afghanistan.
In a stark appraisal our commander on the ground, General Stanley McChrystal says a rethinking of policy and the approach is needed.
“Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near term (next 12 months) — while Afghan security capacity matures — risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible,” General McChrystal writes.
More troops ? I don't see Congress backing that and all of this is poignant here in Watertown as there is a stready drumbeat of casualties among our neighbors at Fort Drum.
This looks like a replay of the Soviet occupation and we don't by our own admission seem to making progress towards whatever the goal is.
Somebody needs to decide what to do. Get out or get all the way in. The present path is not very productive.