VP Debate: Afghanistan Surge?

One of the interesting points of contention in last night’s vice presidential debate between Delaware Senator Joe Biden and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was on the topic of whether an Iraq-style surge would work in Afghanistan.   Earlier in the day, Army General David McKiernan (or, as he’s sometimes known in Alaska, “McClellan”), commander of NATO’s International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) had both called for an infusion of additional troops and equipment “as quickly as possible” and said that “no Iraq-style ‘surge’ of forces will end the conflict.”

Continued at New Atlanticist: “Surging in Afghanistan.”

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  1. steve says:

    Did you see Singh and Flick’s article? I liked a lot of what they had to say, especially noting the importance of India.


  2. brainy435 says:

    “Let’s criticize her for actual deficiencies, though, not such trifles.”

    Wow, that didn’t even last a whole post. Must have been a random platitude.