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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

What must be done in Afghanistan (I): Obama’s task

Here’s a guest comment from a long note I got from a smart Army officer who has served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neglect his advice at your own peril, mateys.  The President has to assume Commander-in-Chief role, sell the public on his new strategy, and own it. If not, this conflict will be ...

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Here's a guest comment from a long note I got from a smart Army officer who has served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neglect his advice at your own peril, mateys. 

The President has to assume Commander-in-Chief role, sell the public on his new strategy, and own it. If not, this conflict will be a background effort and Taliban will win. Do not underestimate the Taliban. They want to govern and once they get the South, the other elements in the East and North will follow suit. And they can fight."

Here’s a guest comment from a long note I got from a smart Army officer who has served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neglect his advice at your own peril, mateys. 

The President has to assume Commander-in-Chief role, sell the public on his new strategy, and own it. If not, this conflict will be a background effort and Taliban will win. Do not underestimate the Taliban. They want to govern and once they get the South, the other elements in the East and North will follow suit. And they can fight.”

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. Twitter: @tomricks1

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