The Tenacity Question
David Brooks
October 29
NY Times

So I guess the president’s most important meeting is not the one with the Joint Chiefs and the cabinet secretaries. It’s the one with the mirror, in which he looks for some firm conviction about whether Afghanistan is worthy of his full and unshakable commitment. If the president cannot find that core conviction, we should get out now. It would be shameful to deploy more troops only to withdraw them later. If he does find that conviction, then he should let us know, and fill the vacuum that is eroding the chances of success.

As long as both the President and most Americans focus on how many troops are in Afghanistan instead of connecting its people with the wonderful gift of globalisation we will continue to slug through this war.