Journal: Presidential Decision-Making 101

04 Inter-State Conflict, 05 Civil War, 08 Wild Cards, 10 Security, Government, Military, Peace Intelligence

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Commentary: Mr. President, take your time on Afghanistan

Joseph L. Galloway

Friday, November 13, 2009

The word is that none of the options contains what the president wants to see — an estimate of how many more years beyond the eight already invested would be needed and an exit strategy.


Simple question and a vital requirement: How much longer will it take, and how do we get out when that time is up?

Let’s call that Military Planning 101 and, like the president, we’re left to ponder why that basic first step in committing a nation and its military and its treasury to a war wasn’t taken before now and was missing from all the alternatives offered at this critical junction in a war that’s now in its ninth year?

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