Mike was early in saying Iraq was sliding into civil war, was one of the first to call the surge a success (he saw it from a grounds-eye view), and left Iraq for Afghanistan almost two years ago because that was where he felt the center shift. He drew attention to the crisis brewing in Afghanistan long before even McCain.
Of course now all that is conventional wisdom. While he could be wrong this time, it is worrying that, as he says:
There is little in the Obama plan to be excited about. Some have called it "bold," but from my boots it looks like a recipe for disaster.I am not read on enough to know the truth, and as in Iraq, I am quite sure the "truth" is shrouded in a veil.
We are steaming toward failure in AfPak, but with more steam than ever before.
At any rate, if Mike is saying it, it is worth considering.