John Manley’s report said everything that we always knew it would say – stay the course, more soldiers, et cetera. He also throws in a bargaining tactic (more NATO support or we’ll leave) that Damian Penny doesn’t like because the mission is too important. Look, on a personal level buying a house is very important, and that’s exactly where you want to drive a hard bargain.
The real problem with the report is that I still don’t see a set of goals that could tell us that we could leave. Why are we there and what do we need to specifically accomplish to leave? Can we accomplish those goals? I’m not satisfied on those fronts and that’s why I remain an Afghan skeptic.