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.
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.