In John McCain and Joe Leiberman’s recent article to the Washington Post, they state that a “middle-ground” strategy such as the one that I proposed must be rejected, and that Obama’s 17,000 troop surge is a good start to what we must do in Afghanistan.
McCain and I can at least agree that the war must be won. But victory must be defined and I think that at this point we can live with just killing terrorists there. I honestly do not believe that the surge will have the same effect that it did in Iraq. The tribal areas are simply too disparate. There are over 60 tribes in Kandahar Province alone. There is no infrastructure to bring the peoples out of their barbaric state, and we can’t build that infrastructure in the contextual time limits of fighting the War on Terror.