03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Iraq-Afghanistan Surge Analogies Mask Risks Of Afghanistan

In fact, Iraq analogies have been flying back and forth so furiously in recent days that Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, the only holdover from the Bush-era cabinet, told Congress, "This is the second surge I've been up here defending."

But probe beneath the surface, and it becomes clear that Mr. Obama is heading into his new strategy with his ears ringing with warnings -- from some of his own aides and military commanders -- that many of the conditions that made the Iraq surge work do not exist in Afghanistan.

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