What is it good for?

Outpost Restrepo in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley

A couple of good pieces yesterday touching on the current folly in Afghanistan. First in The New Republic, Joshua Hammer’s Hard Lessons in Korengal is an excellent, brief overview of the problems facing the U.S. mission there. Key passage: “The tragic pattern of the Korengal now appears to be playing itself out across the eastern Pashtun belt. And the irrational exuberance—and subsequent disappointments—of McKnight and his men should weigh on Gen. David Petraeus as he confronts a widening war, a skeptical population, and a well dug-in enemy.”

Then in Human Events, Ann Coulter has a typically acerbic piece taking Bill Kristol to task for his comments about Michael Steele and Kristol’s own ideas on the conflict, while she defends Steele’s comments. Coulter: “I thought the irreducible requirements of Republicanism were being for life, small government and a strong national defense, but I guess permanent war is on the platter now, too.”

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