IN THE NEWS
Here's an obvious antidote to the silly "cut and run" calumny about Iraq: talk about the cost that Iraq is imposing on Afghanistan. Iraq may create a de facto "cut and run" for the NATO effort in Afghanistan, if US and British resources and attention continue to be diverted into keeping Iraq from getting worse than it already is.
Counterinsurgency requires, above all else, focus. Focus requires patience. Patience requires commitment. Although more NATO troops does not equal better counterinsurgency, there's reason to be concerned about the flagging commitment that the numbers imply. Meanwhile, the war is hardly won: on the heels of an offensive against the Taliban, a suicide bomber on a bicycle
killed four Canadian soldiers.
While people continue to intone gravely that we cannot afford to lose in Iraq, Afghanistan continues to get little attention. We can't afford to lose in Afghanistan--the country that actually had a connection to the 9/11 attacks, and which we've abandoned before, to our deep regret.