November 3, 2009

IT'S THE CALCULUS THAT COMPELS THE FIGHT:

The arithmetic of the frontier (H.D.S. Greenway, November 3, 2009, Boston Globe)

PRESIDENT OBAMA is doing the arithmetic of fighting in Afghanistan and figuring the odds of Pakistan pulling through. He must not only add up the numbers of soldiers he wants to hand over to his generals, but must also measure what is achievable against what his country has to spend in money and blood.

The costs are so trivial--fewer lives lost than on just the USS Indianapolis?--that it's much harder to justify walking away. Indeed, the case for partial withdrawal is that the Taliban is easier to kill when forced into the open, as they would be by trying to govern.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2009 6:55 AM
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