The Diplomatic Surge

Once again taking a distinctly un-Bushlike approach to war, President Obama is ordering a “civilian surge” in Afghanistan that will complement the extra troops on the ground. The change in direction is part of the broad review of strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan the president ordered in his first weeks in office. According to The Washington Post, “high level” discussions among diplomats and military personnel reached the conclusion that a substantially larger diplomatic presence focusing on “agricultural, rule-of-law and local governance development” was necessary to win the war. Important note: Obama has downgraded the definition of “winning the war” from Bush’s goal of a democratic Afghanistan to simply not leaving a haven for terrorists.