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McChrystal: Try a little triage in Afghanistan

Gen. McChrystal, the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told the Los Angeles Times that the new focus on protecting the Afghan people might mean temporarily permitting the Taliban freer rein in some rural areas. “Practically speaking, there are areas that are controlled by Taliban forces,” he told reporter Julian Barnes, who wrote that “first priority ...

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Gen. McChrystal, the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told the Los Angeles Times that the new focus on protecting the Afghan people might mean temporarily permitting the Taliban freer rein in some rural areas.

“Practically speaking, there are areas that are controlled by Taliban forces,” he told reporter Julian Barnes, who wrote that “first priority will to be to make sure populated areas are free of insurgent influence.”

I think this is pretty much one of the key recommendations Exum and his posse made for Afghanistan in their “Triage” paper in June.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1
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