To his credit, President Barack Obama has insisted on "getting the strategy right" before any escalation of the American commitment in Afghanistan. But getting strategy right must be understood to mean more than devising a plan likely to rout the Taliban, deny Afghan sanctuary to Al Qaeda, and weaken both groups in Pakistan. Any plan for escalation in Afghanistan should be required to meet the still higher demands of American grand strategy.


Zelleke, Andy, and Robert Dujarric. "Don't Define Strategy Too Narrowly in Afghanistan." Real Clear World, October 9, 2009.