Afghanistan Horizon: 30,000 Divisions - Page 2
Time poses a particularly lethal threat. Admiral Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, beginning in May, cite a 12-18 month window to reverse the war; General McChrystal, in his August review, warned of a 12 month deadline. In Obama’s plan, the first combat brigade would arrive in March with the other three following at three-month intervals. Thus the full deployment won’t touch ground until 2011, after that 12 month window snaps shut.
Both parties and their supporters can’t like what they’re seeing in Afghanistan. The war will be hard enough to wage in unity, let alone division.