The decision that U.S. President Barack Obama makes in coming weeks about the next phase of the war in Afghanistan will be among the most important of his presidency. Defense Secretary Robert Gates made that observation himself on Monday as the debate over whether to send tens of thousands of additional Americans to Afghanistan goes increasingly public.
Gates took the extraordinary step of saying something else — that those advising the president should keep their views private. This was an implicit criticism of the top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, for publicly lobbying for more troops.
Worldfocus spoke with Gabriel Schoenfeld, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and the implications of troop increases.
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