30 June 2010

Afghanistan Confusion

Petraeus has been confirmed as the war commander for the mission in Afghanistan. Poor guy.

From the outset we've confused war, occupation, and development. The real question is whether we want to stay there for decades until the country develops to a point of government stability beyond that of, say, Mexico. The war is over. The development has barely begun, and won't be by next August.

Everyone thinks that Obama was mad at McChrystal. If I were Petraeus, I would think that he was mad at me. What an appointment.

1 comment:

Damon said...

one thing i dont understand is just a year or two ago during the election, the call from the Left was all about getting out of Iraq and commit ourselves firmly in the "just war" in Afghanistan.

Now everybody seems to have changed their minds again.