These are unhappy times. Congress is in revolt over Iraq without fully realizing that there are no good outcomes no matter the strategy. The impact of the 30,000-troop surge will not be adequately measured for months if not years and certainly not in the report due to Congress this month. Meanwhile, reforms in Afghanistan to the legal, judicial, police, and economic sectors fail, while the counter-narcotic efforts only produce greater crops of poppies. Iran continues to be unimpressed by U.S. efforts to limit its nuclear ambitions. And Pakistan lurches toward crisis after the attack on the Red Mosque in July ended any semblance of truce with radical jihadis in the federally administered tribal areas.
Firing on the Up Roll: Time for a Change
By Harlan Ullman