Thursday, January 15, 2009

Foreign Policy magazine interview with Gen. David Petraeus

Worth the read:
Counterinsurgency Field Manual: Afghanistan Edition
The conclusion:
FP: You said [that] even in 2005 when you were in Afghanistan, you reported to Secretary Rumsfeld that this could be the longest part of the long war.

DP: I didn’t say it could be. I said it would be. My assessment was that Afghanistan was going to be the longest campaign of the long war. And I think that assessment has been confirmed by events in Afghanistan in recent months.

FP: Just how long did you have in mind?

DP: Those are predictions one doesn’t hazard.
Too long for Canada, according to our prime minister--but...and there are post-2011 options, especially now that we have an Air Wing at Kanadahar.


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