That seems to be the President’s response to the Afghanistan options offered by his advisers. I haven’t a clue about the best strategy, in part because none of the ones I’ve heard proposed seems to have much of a chance of success. But at least it’s some comfort to have a President who, handed a menu consisting of nothing but sh*t sandwiches, refuses to order from it.
The Afghan war is a “war of necessity” in the sense that it was thrust upon us by the Taliban’s decision to allow Afghan territory to be used to plot the 9/11 attack. But that doesn’t mean that anyone knows how to “win” that war. It’s possible that we’re in a hole – due in no small part to the feckless decision to install Karzai as “our sunuvabitch” and then let the Afghans twist slowly in the wind while we fought a war we didn’t need to fight in Iraq – and that the only sound move right now is to stop digging.