McKiernan: ‘Glass Half Full’ in Afghanistan

ISAF Commander GEN David McKiernan at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC

ISAF Commander GEN David McKiernan at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC

During his address this evening to the Atlantic Council, ISAF commander General David McKiernan emphasized the many positive trends in Afghanistan, noting that he preferred a “Glass Half Full” view.

At the same time, he emphasized that Afghanistan is in the middle of a war — not a peacekeeping, stability, or human assistance operation.  Afghanistan is not Iraq and faces a myriad of complex challenges, including a near total lack of human capital, a population that has mostly faced a lifetime of violence, and a tribal relationship almost impenetrable to outsiders.

In a New Atanticist essay, I build from some of Dave Schuler’s work here at OTB and ask “Is it Too Late for Afghanistan?

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