Pol­i­tics is tak­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in strate­gic de­ci­sion-mak­ing on Afghanistan, a di­rect re­sult of Mr. Obama’s dither­ing lead­er­ship. His in­abil­ity to act de­ci­sively cre­ates un­cer­tainty and in­vites end­less de­bate.

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re­main be­hind closed doors. (In 1951, Pres­i­dent Tru­man fired Gen. MacArthur as com­man­der in Korea for per­ceived in­sub­or­di­na­tion over war strat­egy.)

The Tal­iban marked the an­niver­sary by an­nounc­ing that they are not a threat to any coun­try and sim­ply want to be left alone to re­build their Is­lamic state, if only the NATO forces would leave. They sive, low-risk and an­ti­sep­tic. Un­for­tu­nately, it also would be in­ef­fec­tive.

Mean­while, the new­est ghost of Viet­nam haunt­ing the White House is the late McGeorge Bundy, na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser to Pres­i­dents Kennedy and John­son. Mr. Obama re­port­edly is read­ing a new bi­og­ra­phy of Bundy in an at­tempt to find lessons for the cur­rent war.

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