June 09, 2009
Has anyone been unlucky enough to have participated in all five?
WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has given the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan 60 days to conduct another review of the American strategy there, the fifth since President Barack Obama took office less than five months ago.
The Defense Department announced Monday that Gates has ordered the new U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and his deputy, Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, to submit a review of the U.S. strategy within 60 days of their arrival in Afghanistan.
I suppose this was inevitable. General McChrystal and his team are going to have to get their own eyes on this problem set. I just hope they build their work upon the four reviews which have preceded this one.