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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Zakaria on a Third Surge in Afghanistan

Zakaria on a Third Surge in Afghanistan | Newsweek Voices - Fareed Zakaria | Newsweek.com: "The real question we should be asking in Afghanistan is not 'Do we need a surge?' but rather 'Do we need a third surge?' The number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan in January 2008 was 26,607. Over the next six months, the Bush administration raised the total to 48,250. President Bush described this policy as 'the quiet surge,' and he made the standard arguments about the need for a counterinsurgency capacity—the troops had to not only fight the Taliban but protect the Afghan population, strengthen and train the Afghan Army and police, and assist in development."

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