“General Opposes A Rapid Pullout In Afghanistan” (TIMES, 8/16/10)

          The Patraeus strategy in Iraq was not a surge, which the Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes as “a great swelling or sweeping forward”; it was a shifting of U.S. Forces out of harm’s way. That’s how U.S. casualties were lowered, so it was a good idea.

          The Obama withdrawal from Afghanistan is not precipitous (synonymous with steep). It will be done gradually and presumably with the safety of U.S and NATO troops having the top priority.

          Patraeus speaks more like a calculating politician than a military professional. Since he has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, we should listen very carefully to everything he says.


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