Kristol: George Will Is Wrong on Afghanistan
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2009 2:27 PM CDT
An Afghan youth puts up a poster for International Peace Day during its launching ceremony at the office of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan today.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – George Will’s call today to pull US troops out of Afghanistan is tantamount to “urging retreat and accepting defeat,” fellow conservative William Kristol blogs in the Washington Post. Will’s idea to focus mostly on offshore operations and airstrikes "doesn't sound much more engaged than US Afghan policy in the 1990s,” Kristol writes. “Will would have to explain why it would work better this time.”

Will’s dismay at the “inconceivable” number of troops required to perform the mission rings hollow, Kristol writes, as the current plan to expand the Afghan Army will provide “roughly the number of forces necessary to carry out the strategy.” Will’s views on Pakistan are equally wrongheaded, writes Kristol. He calls Pakistan "a nation that actually matters" but never explains how "retreat from Afghanistan would increase rather than decrease the chances of an acceptable outcome" there.

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Sep 2, 2009 4:01 AM CDT
Afghan farmers growing poppy - "H" -- I believe the farmers turned back to growing what they know, when our policies failed to bring abt a sustanable economy -- we shifted from being the friendly uncle bringing candy -- to a "BULLY" -- which is what the last 8 years were abt.
Sep 2, 2009 3:58 AM CDT
VIETNAM............ The Russians were defeated by this rat-pack. We should be out of there. Obama, let himself get ambushed into talking dirt on Afghan in the election and then just started liking the smell - he forgot it was just BS. Not another Vietnam pls.
Sep 2, 2009 3:34 AM CDT
Will is a Republican and as Korea and Vietnam prove, they don't know how to win wars. Democrats win wars like WW1 and WW2. They are tough on defense.