(See J. T. Kuehn, pp. 24–28, July 2012 Proceedings)
Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy; Commander, U.S. European Command; NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe—While I certainly sympathize with the thrust of Commander Kuehn’s title in his energetic article about the situation in Afghanistan, I’d like to offer a somewhat different perspective from my position as the Supreme Allied Commander for all NATO operations.
In comparison with the Soviet Union, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) coalition has devoted great resources to human capital and infrastructure development, and we have provided significantly greater troop numbers for kinetic operations; we already are well under way with a responsible and managed turnover of security responsibilities to Afghan National Security Forces. Most important, the international community’s commitment to Afghanistan after the majority of ISAF forces are withdrawn in 2014 is real and tangible: Detailed planning is in progress now in NATO.