Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Chosing to Win in Afghanistan

President Obama appears to have made the right choice.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he's called "a war of necessity" in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy.

This is excellent news. The number of troops appears to be less than McChrystal's initial recommendation, but other experts have suggested that 40,000 was on the high end of the estimate and there was a safe range that ran from 25,000 up. Plus, I'd imagine there a number of ways a number that high can be massaged with a few hundred more here and a couple thousand more there - call them "trainers", "support troops", whatever - this number provides the flexibility needed to win.

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