Right on the heels of yesterday’s Times piece on our new riches in Afghanistan, this morning’s story tells us that a Friedman Unit has passed and it’s time for more troops. But the White House says we’re supposed to wait another FU before deciding:
Even before the recent setbacks, the military was highly skeptical of setting a date to start withdrawing, but Mr. Obama insisted on it as a way to bring to conclusion a war now in its ninth year.
For now, the White House has decided to wait until a review, already scheduled for December, to assess whether the target date can still work.
Obviously, the functioning of the FU in Afghanistan is not quite the same as the Iraqi variety. The Iraq FU required that all serious participants keep up the charade that things were working until the last possible minute, when everyone finally conceded that a mere 6 more months would be required to really fix things. Perhaps the Afghani FU has some sort of look-ahead window? Since I’m not a serious person, these little details escape me.