Michael O'Hanlon on Afghanistan
2:30 PM, Jun 28, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
Michael O'Hanlon, of the left-leaning Brookings Institution, has been one of the strongest advocates for adopting effective, functional strategies in both Iraq and Afghanistan. To his credit, O'Hanlon was ahead of the pack on the Iraq surge, correctly predicting that additional forces -- all reading from the same COIN playbook -- could turn the tide in Mesopotamia. He was right on Iraq then, and he's right on Afghanistan now. In Saturday's Washington Post, O'Hanlon systematically dismantles several key myths on the Afghanistan fight, and disabuses critics of the notion that the battle for the Hindu Kush is a hopeless quagmire. I part ways with O'Hanlon when he hits on the supposed benefits of a withdrawal timeline (ambiguous or otherwise), but the rest of the column is worth a read in its entirety.
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