This War Can Still Be Rationalized

A US Special Forces officer explains via NYT why the war in Afghanistan can still be won.  The jist:


Drinking Starbucks = Not knowing what you’re talking about.

Shifts in enemy tactics = enemy desperation.  However, the enemy is still powerful enough to easily tip the scales.

Success against a cross-border insurgency is measured by the temporary control of local terrain.

“Will” is the most important variable in determining the possibility of winning, which is a meaningless term, but failure is unacceptable because sunken costs should dictate policy.


  1. The sipping coffee comment bugged me too, since it was laden and layered with meaning. Really set the tone for the article, in a bad way.

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