October 29th, 2009
03:50 PM ET

McChrystal in the City: Biden in the Country

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/09/mann.obama.afghanistan/art.mcchrystal.afp.gi.jpg caption="General Stanley McChrystal will reportedly be getting an additional 18,000 troops for the war in Afghanistan."]

Arsalan Iftikhar
AC360° Contributor

Afghan Strategy to focus on major population centers: report.

According to The New York Times, the White House is settling on an Afghan strategy that would send more US troops to protect top population centers, recognizing that the insurgency cannot be completely eradicated from the country, the newspaper said late Tuesday evening.

It described the strategy as a blend of rival proposals put forward by Vice President Joe Biden and by the top military commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal.

“We are no longer thinking about just destroying the enemy in a conventional way,” an unidentified senior military officer told the newspaper, saying that the central tenet of McChrystal’s proposal would be adopted.

Well, it looks as though General Stanley McChrystal will be getting approximately 18,000 (of the 40,000 requested) additional troops that he seeks for the Afghanistan theater of war, according to a recent story in The New York Times.

It should come as little surprise to foreign policy observers that the Obama White House would take a middle ground approach between General McChrystal’s ‘full-court-press’ and Vice President Joe Biden’s ’spread defense’ strategies within Afghanistan.

The bottom line: It seems as though it will be ‘McChrystal in the city’ and ‘Biden in the country’…


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