Two things of note on Afghanistan recently:
1) Michael O’Hanlon has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal arguing for a signifigant escalation in the US presence there.
2) CIA Director Hayden made a recent statement that Bin Laden is isolated_and_worried about his personal security.
Yesterday, a segment of Al-Jazeera’s “What’s Behind the News” focused ostensibly on Hayden’s comments, but more on Afghanistan in general. One of the guests was the influential journalist Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper and author of a book on Al-Qaeda. Atwan dismissed Hayden’s statements asking “how would he know that? If they actually knew this wouldn’t they have caught him so far?” Atwan, like most if not all Arab intellectuals, has been arguing for months that the Afghanistan campaign is doomed and therefore escalation and sending more troops should be the absolute last thing the US should do.
And there are many Americans saying the same thing. Today, Robert Dreyfuss responds to O’Hanlon op-ed, heavily criticizing him for giving Obama “bad advice.”
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