The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Administrative note

Whisker is traveling, so we'll miss his daily roundup of security incidents for a few days. We hope Susan can post her daily magazine later tonight.

Meanwhile, we note the deaths of three U.S. soldiers in the current offensive in Salah ad Din Province. Two more were injured and transported to a coalition hospital.

The campaign of bombings of Christian churches continues, with two churches attacked in Kirkuk.

We'll be back to the normal posting schedule at the end of the week.