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Lieberman on Afghanistan

10:50 AM, Jan 29, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Joe Lieberman is delivering a big speech on Afghanistan today over at Brookings that should be worthy of careful reading. Lieberman has proven a prescient observer of Afghanistan. Nearly a year ago, he wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for a massive expansion of the Afghan National Army. He also proposed that we ask European countries like Germany that won't sent their own combat troops to Afghanistan to pay for the surge in Afghan military ranks instead.

Both ideas were controversial at the time; now they are part of the conventional wisdom about what we need to turn the war around, and indeed, were major elements of Bob Gates' testimony about Afghanistan earlier this week. The Washington Post editorializes on the war in Afghanistan today, noting that Democrats have long called it the central front in the war on terror, but now seem squeamish about prosecuting the fight. It will be interesting to see what new ideas Lieberman offers today.