Victor Davis Hanson
From 2007 to 2009, a surge of 20,000 troops under the generalship of David Petraeus saved a mostly lost war in
Yet despite better security in some provinces, a general reduction in violence and a decline this year in American fatalities, public support for the war in
Why hasn't the surge worked as well as it did in
Flat, arid and clear-skied
There were other differences in the two surges as well. The
Although antiwar candidate
Four American generals have commanded operations in
Finally, we still do not know all the reasons why
In other words, simply adding more troops and changing tactics might not have been the entire story of success in
Continuity of American command, an ironclad commitment from the president to finish the job, diplomatic and military unity, and far more help from everyday Afghans are critical to the surge. Without all that, more troops and better tactics still will not bring the sort of success that we saw in
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