James Forsyth

Will the Obama administration deny requests for more troops in Afghanistan?

Will the Obama administration deny requests for more troops in Afghanistan?
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Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, two of the people involved in devising the surge strategy in Iraq which so transformed the security situation there, have a strong piece in the Weekly Standard arguing that the Obama administration is in danger of repeating in Afghanistan the mistakes the Bush one made in Iraq: not giving the commander on the grounds the tools they need to do the job.

The Kagans’ concern has been caused by strong hints from the Obama administration that it is not minded to send any more troops to Afghanistan whatever the review initiated by the new US commander there, General McChrystal, says. (The deadline for McChrystal to make his requests has been pushed back until September). If McChrystal thinks he needs more troops, he should not be denied them. A new strategy is clearly needed in Afghanistan and it would be foolish to deny McChrystal the resources he believes that he needs to carry it through successfully.