Surge? They Don't Even Want Us There

Via HardBall

Chris Matthews talks with NBC's Richard Engel and Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations to access the real enemy of US Troops in Afghanistan.


Via Zathras at ForeignPolicy
Other Differences
(Between Iraq and Afghanistan when considering a "surge" strategy)

Three and a half years before the surge in Afghanistan, fully eight years before the one being discussed in Afghanistan.

An enemy under consistent pressure in Iraq, an enemy left to regroup and reorganize unmolested in its Pakistani sanctuary.

An Iraqi government improving its ability to deploy armed force (if not to deliver services), an Afghan government that is not.

An Iraqi government with the passionate support of key factions within the country's largest sect, an Afghan government confronting an insurgency dominated by the country's largest tribe.

A surge in Iraq that was made the undisputed top priority by the Bush admininstration as it made claims on the military's resources, an Afghan campaign that is hampered, still, by the greater resource demand of the prolonged commitment in Iraq.

Finally, a Bush administration committed to finding a way to hand off the Iraq problem to its successor, and an Obama administration that came into office believing it could "solve" Afghanistan.

There are more differences than similarities, it seems to me.

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