Don't miss Michael Yon's OpEd in The Washington Times about Obama's plan for Afghanistan.
Yon, who knows a thing or two about Afghanistan, believes that Obama's plan falls far short of what it should be. He says Obama's goal of 216,000 Afghan security forces by 2011 is nowhere near the 400,000 U.S. military forces say are necessary to secure Afghanistan.
When Obama's plan was announced last week, some members of the press called the plan "bold" but Yon begs to differ.
"Like Mr. Bush before him, Mr. Obama is trying to win the AfPak war on the cheap while minimizing political risks. He's playing safe, and any truly experienced combat leader will tell you that the surest way to lose a lot of people is to try to save all of them. Bold was the president who committed to putting a man on the moon before the end of that decade. Our current president has not committed to the relatively much easier and straightforward task of creating 400,000 Afghan security personnel during the course of his first term.
A truly bold plan would authorize the deployment of another 40,000 U.S. troops, and set a goal of 400,000 Afghan security force members by, say, 2013. The clock is ticking."
Yon contends that the longer the Afghanistan conflict draws out, the less support we will have. He says the Obama plan pulls us into a quagmire because it does not provide the necessary forces and plans for the security of Afghanistan; in fact, it would take 12 years at the rate Obama plans to train forces for us to reach the appropriate numbers.
Yon is most worried about losing the support of the Afghan people and that is certainly an important issue. To that end, the administration needs to make all efforts to follow the advice of the generals "on the ground" and close this one out.