This piece over at Foreign Policy is terrific, even though it paints someone I greatly admire (Petraeus) in a less than stellar light. Recent rhetoric on Afghanistan has become a bit schitzo, the military is trying to tell everyone things are going well and the White House is trying to tell everyone its not improving all that much. One would think any signs of positive change in the conflict would allow Obama to stand a bit more firmly on his much maligned withdrawal plans for mid-2011. One would also think it would be in the best interest of the military to paint things in a less flattering light so as to force further commitment from the Executive branch, however it seems things have come out a bit backwards.

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