Will: ‘The President Deserves Credit for Changing His Mind’ on Afghanistan

‘I think the president deserves credit for changing his mind and halfway, at least, accepting the prevailing narrative in this town’

LANE: “The big event recently in Afghanistan was the takeover of a large city called Kunduz by the Taliban, which then was followed by this ugly incident where in the course of trying to retake it, we accidentally bombed a hospital, and so forth.  I think that may have tipped the balance.  The president was not eager to do what he just did, but that huge undeniable failure of the policy forced his hand, and now it’s true, as Brit says, what he’s doing is just enough, he hopes, I think, to hold this thing together until the next president can inherit it and figure out what to do.”
WALLACE: “That’s a hell of a strategy, isn’t it, George?  If Chuck is right, let’s just sort of keep it together, keep its head above water until it’s somebody else’s problem?” 
WILL: “I think the president deserves credit for changing his mind and halfway, at least, accepting the prevailing narrative in this town, which is that if we had just left 10,000 troops in Iraq, the dissolution of that country into an almost failed state would not have occurred. The president has to make a very difficult calibration.  How much do we do on behalf of the Afghan security forces is so much that they never quite step up and take full responsibility?  Advisers and airpower, that’s the president’s recipe, and it seems to me to be worth a try.”

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