By demoting Petraeus to commander of the Afghan War, Obama may have sowed the seeds of his own political destruction. The President should be parsing the statements in Petraeus' recent media blitz very carefully.
By placing a high premium on a new political path to victory, General Petraeus turned the Iraqi Sunni population -- the backbone of the insurgency -- against al-Qaida and other anti-Western extremist militants.
This was the kind of story that, in saner times, would be relegated to a four-line item at the back of the local paper along with the reported rescue of a treed cat or a description of a Sunday school picnic.
By the time Petraeus' melded version of foreign and war policy comes to an end, whenever that is, we're guaranteed one thing: There's not going to be much left that's recognizably American about America.
With his commitment to war in Afghanistan, President Obama is propagating an exculpatory view of any and all U.S. war efforts -- as if the immoral can become the magnificent by virtue of patriotic alchemy.
General McChrystal needed a way out of what was becoming for him an unbearable burden: the conflict between the best interests of his country and the best interests of the soldiers who served under him.
If the White House does not bring all assets to bear in response to the flood crisis in Pakistan, it will be passing up an opportunity to show that the US cares more about saving Muslim lives than taking them away.
Addressing civilian harm is now one of ISAF's key counterinsurgency tools, but with the level of accumulated mistrust over the lack of disclosure illustrated by these war logs, it may be coming 9 years too late.
John Brennan recently revealed a new White House rhetorical policy regarding terrorism: detach all references made to Islam, including any statement that makes mention of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or any other group.
Balkanization does seem like an extreme step at first blush, and perhaps Pakistan should be given another chance. Yet, after considering Pakistan's historic and current relationship with Al Qaeda -- it becomes much easier to justify.