The Strategy Gap in Afghanistan

I agree with Steve Clemons that we need to hear a lot more about what the strategy in Afghanistan is supposed to be. I think a decent case can be made that more troops are needed in select areas in order to facilitate a more targeted approach that involves fewer air strikes. But be that as it may, there’s a need for real political strategy in the country beyond the details of military tactics.

Until quite recently, the international military presence in the US was pretty broadly supported among Afghan civilians, but the popularity of ISAF and the Karzai government is plummeting and the record of foreigners trying to impose their will on Afghanistan is not very good.