Afghan Surge Skepticism

Michael Gordon rounds up a bunch of skepticism from regional experts about the idea that we can just copy and paste tactics from Iraq’s “surge” into Afghanistan and expect great results. I’m not really sure I’ve ever seen anyone other than John McCain actually assert that we could do this, but Barack Obama’s statements on Afghanistan — especially in their earliest form — could be read somewhat in that light. I think the consensus among just about everyone is that any kind of stable outcome in Afghanistan is going to look very decentralized rather than involving US military power succeeding in establishing Hamid Karzai’s effective control throughout the land.