Breaking from the New York Times:
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are coalescing around a proposal to send 30,000 or more additional American troops to Afghanistan, but President Obama remains unsatisfied with answers he has gotten about how vigorously the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistanwould help execute a new strategy, administration officials said Tuesday.
Somewhere in the New York Times archives is a lead that is almost identical, with “McNamara” in place of “Mullen” and “Johnson” in place of “Obama.”
However, the “casualty aversion” that military strategists had to confront in Vietnam is even more pronounced today. If this surge doesn’t product results, I sincerely believe it is unlikely that another one will follow.