Afghanistan: Dig deeper or dig out?


Around the war cooler this week, everyone is talking about Afghanistan. As military leaders piece together their latest status reports, the rest of the world is debating America’s future role in Afghanistan.

Should the United States dig in deeper, with more troops and time, or dig out, retooling its exit strategy? Take the Record’s online poll.

Here ‘s a sampling of what public officials, pundits, journalists and Joe Public are saying about Afghanistan:

* Washington Post columnist George F. Will says “Time to Get Out of Afghanistan.”

* Political analyst William Kristol counters with “No Will, No Way.”

* The U.S. Army’s blog asks, “Is Afghanstan a war worth fighting?”

* The UK Telegraph compares U.S. force to “a bull charging a matador (the Taliban.)”

* The Afghan News Net is posting a poll: Do you think the U.S. troops’ surge will have a positive effect in Afghanistan?

* The New York Times discusses Gen. Stanely McChrystal’s new status report. McChrystal, a member of West Point’s class of 1976, took over command of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan in June.

* Wall Street Journal columnists Michael O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel talk about “What’s Right with Afghanistan.”

* What’s the White House saying? Not much, since this, in March: The President’s New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan and this, in May: Remarks after the trilateral meeting with President Karzai of Afghanitsan and President Zardari of Pakistan.

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