More Mission Creep

I’ve said this before, but after reading Stephen Walt’s convincing breakdown of all the reasons why Obama’s doubling-down in Afghanistan is misguided, I’m really beginning to think more we should adjust strategy to get out quickly. The level of resources its going to take accomplish our mission vastly outweigh the potential benefit, and as I’ve argued before, the longer we stay and the larger our commitment the greater the possibility for creating backlash.

I also want to say the more I read about the Afghanistan mission the more I’m reminded of The Best and the Brightest. Obviously this is a war that Obama inherited, but I think the intersection of hubris and extremely limited strategic benefit are quite hard to ignore.


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