2. We need billions of dollars in spending on infrastructure, education, and agricultural development (just to name a few) and a commitment of thousands of troops for decades if we want to get serious about an Afghanistan that looks like it belongs in the 20th century (much less the 21st).
General McChrystal's report basically calls for an "all-in" or "all-out" commitment--no middle ground.
David Brooks writes today:
"These are the realistic choices for America’s Afghanistan policy — all out or all in, surrender the place to the Taliban or do armed nation-building. And we might as well acknowledge that it’s not an easy call. The costs and rewards are tightly balanced. But in the end, President Obama was right: “You don’t muddle through the central front on terror. ... You don’t muddle through stamping out the Taliban.”
All-in or all-out. What will it be?