Ecclesiastical and political pragmatism, with a beat
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
"Come Home, America" Watch
This week the Obama administration has signaled that it won't reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and told the AP that there are fewer than 100 al-Qaeda fighters left there. The leak to Bob Woodward of the pessimistic McCrystal report, undoubtedly authorized by the White House, will turn out to have been the first signal of an historic decision to begin to wind down the eight-year-long Afghanistan war. It's the right call -- but a risky one, too, since Obama would be accountable for any new terrorist threat emanating from the bosom of a resurgent Taliban. How ruthless a counter-terrorist is he prepared to be?