Who would have thought three years ago that Iraq would have so quickly become a big success story and that Afghanistan would be the big mess?
...Gen. McChrystal noted he's unsure whether the planned troop levels for the job he envisions will be adequate -- despite the Obama administration's commitment to raise the U.S. presence to 68,000 by year's end, to go along with 35,000 allied forces. Iraq surge commanders had more than 170,000 U.S. forces.
"I know that I want it to be an effective traditional or classic counterinsurgency campaign by getting people down in among the population," the general said. "I know that's easier said than done with a limited-sized force."
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has given his new commander 60 days to come up with a campaign plan. Gen. McChrystal has indicated it will closely resemble the strategy used in Iraq by Gen. David Petraeus, now his boss as head of all U.S. troops in the region. Gen. McChrystal said he will push soldiers farther out of their bases and among residents, to bring a sense of stability to the people and to better develop nationwide intelligence...
Iraq has proven that perseverance, determination, and a dose of creativity can overcome insurmountable odds.
Let us wish General McChrystal well.