Indeed, it is amazing how little public debate there has been about the Obama adminstration's military strategy for Afghanistan, which could lead to a disaster as large or larger than that in Iraq and with possibly even greater consequences for the region (the theater of war includes nuclear-armed Pakistan, of course.) Iraq was George W. Bush's Vietnam; will Afghanistan be Barack Obama's Iraq?
Meanwhile, from page A10 of the Times:
The Department of Defense has identified 4,246 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war and 652 who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans last week:
CONNELLY, Brian M., 26, Specialist, Army; Union Beach, N.J.; First Armored Division.
BUNTING, Brian M., 29, Capt., Army; Potomac, Md.; 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
PATCH, Schuyler B., 25, Sgt., Army; Owasso, Okla.; 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
STREAM, Scott B., 39, Sgt., Army; Mattoon, Ill.; 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
THOMPSON, Daniel J., 24, Sgt., Army; Madison, Wis.; 715th Military Police Company.
What's the strategy in Afghanistan?Bob Herbert asks that question in the New York Times today. No one seems to have the answer, not even our Secretary of Defense. Herbert suggests that President Obama take a look back at the legacy of Lyndon Johnson.