Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Way of the World Indeed

I've read Ron Suskind's fantastic book, The Way of the World (and you should pick up a copy if you haven't read it already), and I thought his interview with Rachel Maddow last night after Obama's speech, was excellent and comprehensive. You don't see analysis like this on television often so I think everyone should check it out.

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Ending the war is essential to meeting our broader strategic goals, starting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the Taliban is resurgent and Al Qaeda has a safe haven. Iraq is not the central front in the war on terrorism, and it never has been. As Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently pointed out, we won't have sufficient resources to finish the job in Afghanistan until we reduce our commitment to Iraq.

As president, I would pursue a new strategy, and begin by providing at least two additional combat brigades to support our effort in Afghanistan. We need more troops, more helicopters, better intelligence-gathering and more nonmilitary assistance to accomplish the mission there. I would not hold our military, our resources and our foreign policy hostage to a misguided desire to maintain permanent bases in Iraq.--President Barack Obama, July 14, 2008 New York Times Editorial
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