The Obama administration needs to modify its "belief about the moral benefit and policy utility of nation-building." You do not have to engage in the grandiose project of nation-building in order to achieve our limited goals.
So what fate awaits us behind the opaque portal of technology, the lady or the tiger? Is the Internet our salvation or our undoing now that terrorism has become the Achilles heel of Western civilization?
Why are we sending nearly every Marine and Soldier we have to Afghanistan, when Abdulmutallab and a Somali man arrested for plotting a similar attack last month apparently had no real connection to al-Qaeda in Afghanistan?
If we want to see this president succeed, a vocabulary shift is vital. The more we use leftover framing and messaging rhetoric from the Iraq War, the easier we make it for the right wing to do the same.
The problems that McChrystal identified with the present approach are daunting: a corrupt and illegitimate government, insurgents' use of safe havens in Pakistan, and pervasive fear and mistrust of the international forces.