US to Reduce Airstrikes in Afghanistan

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(Defense Department Photo)

(Defense Department Photo)

General Stanley McChrystal, the new US commander in Afghanistan, is off to a good start in my book if he follows through on this pledge to reduce the number of airstrikes in Afghanistan. It hasn’t always been entirely clear to me what to make of the plan to increase the quantity of American forces serving in that theater. But the optimistic case, in my view, has always been that this would be the consequence—more boots on the ground and fewer bombs from the air ought to equal more efficacy at protecting Afghan civilians and fewer accidental killings of Afghan civilians.