Woke up this morning in Riyadh to spot two articles in today's Washington Post that made me smile. The first was an op-ed from former Abu Muqawama contributor Erin "Charlie" Simpson. Charlie is on the ground in Afghanistan and has been for several months. As much as I respect John Nagl, Gilles Dorronsoro and Andrew Bacevich, I care a lot more about her informed assessment of the war at the moment than any of theirs. (And to be fair, I think John would second that!) The second article was this front-pager that suggests the president was thinking the same thing I was thinking when I wrote this newly-published policy paper. Always nice when policy-makers already agree with something you have written!