Afghanistan exit strategy brimming with troop numbers, withdrawal dates and benchmarks for Afghan President Hamid Karzai could backfire, prompting entrenched enemies to wait it out and simply spring on the locals once the U.S. bids farewell.
“No one is saying that we’re going to end our partnership with the Afghan people,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod told CNN on Dec. 1. “But we are, at some point, going to have to transfer responsibility for security to them and I think everybody understands that.”
Mr. Axelrod continued: “What this will do is give a sense of urgency to the leadership in Afghanistan to get serious about the issues they have to deal with, including not just building up the army but also dealing with issues of governance and corruption, of delivery of services to people, things that are needed in order to strengthen them against the challenge that they face. We don’t want to create a sense of dependency, the sense that we will be there forever, and therefore they don’t have to get serious about the tasks at hand.” lenges, you can purchase general tickets, ranging in price from DKK 199-1,499 depending on where in the room you want to sit,” the practical Danes advise. “There will be large screens, so that everyone will get a good view.” Publisher Al Regnery, Heritage Foundation president Edwin J. Feulner and former attorney general Ed Meese are among an ar mada of conser vative heavyweights to fete author and ace political strategist Craig Shirley Dec. 1, on the release of his new book “Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America.”
The 600-page volume is a definitive insider examination of Mr. Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign; the book won praise from Newt Gingrich and Mark Levin.
“I hope that readers will come away with a greater appreciation for practical idealism and that while political consultants can help a candidate, they can also do great harm,” Mr. Shirley tells Inside the Beltway. “Also, I hope readers will learn never to edit a word document inside an e-mail. It could cause them to lose a month’s worth of work which could cause them to cry and then cause them to get drunk.” Well, OK. “There is no truth to the rumor that the White House dinner crashers will show up,” adds a waggish source who will be in attendance.