An Exit Strategy in Afghanistan
According to Bob Woodward in his new book OBAMA’S WAR, the President is determined to get out of the Afghan war.
We hear that the President is looking not for victory but for closure:
“I want an exit strategy,” he’s quoted as saying.
The President added:
“This needs to be a plan about how we’re going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan.”
There is no doubt that driving factors seems to be that the war drains the money and attention from other priorities.
Unfortunately, there seems to be an oxymoron in providing a surge of 30,000 troops and announcing a withdrawal starting next July, 2011.
When the decision was made for escalation the practical view was to send in more troops.
Next year with major changes in the staff of the Administration may shift to the left.
With SecDef Robert Gates and the National Security Advisor Gen, Jim Jones surely moving out of government, it may be a safe bet that they will be replaced with more amiable men or women who are more inclined to look for an exit strategy rather than a successful conclusion to hostilities.