Achieving our goals does not require us to build a flawless democracy, defeat the Taliban in every corner of the country, or create a modern economy—what we’re talking about is “good-enough” governance, basic sustainable economic development and Afghan security forces capable enough that we can drawdown our forces.
Reaganesque it was not but that was from Senator John Kerry last week.
So does bringing in an extra defensive back and only rushing 3 or 4, the equivalent of the off-shore strategy towards which the President appears to be hedging?
As far as tortured sports analogies go, we actually really like this one. KT has the details, here.
P.S. Tangentially, Michael Barone believes the President won't be able to squeeze in another 24 hr. trip to Europe, this time to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall in that same city because of the contrast between the current hedging and the much tougher talk regarding the Taliban and al-Queda in his speech he made in July of 2008 at the Tiergarten in Berlin.
We have some thoughts of our own which we may share later.