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I think it is possible and even appropriate to question whether or not this administration has gotten everything right in terms of the ends, ways and means in our strategy. But I appreciate the way in which this administration is actually trying to link the three. I was not terribly impressed by the lack of planning that preceded our intervention in Libya. But I have been impressed by the deliberate nature of the processes that preceded both the decision to surge in Afghanistan in 2009 and now, in 2012, the defense budgets for FY13-FY17.