Over There

The Afghan Surge

New general, new plan, and maybe a new infusion of troops, but will it be enough to turn things around for Afghanistan? According to the Washington Post, the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is working on a new strategy that could include a request for more troops beyond the additional 21,000 approved in the spring. Such a buildup could prove politically difficult as some Congressional leaders have questioned the usefulness of increasing troop levels. President Obama himself has also asked whether "piling on more and more troops" is a winning plan. In addition to possible changes in troop levels, the new war plan is expected to call on NATO troops to do more to bolster the Afghan government, including rooting out corruption. Similar to counterinsurgency methods used in Iraq, soldiers may also shift priorities from raiding Taliban strongholds in remote areas to protecting civilians in population centers instead.