RIECKHOFF: "... People are finally starting to understand that troops alone are not the answer. It is not an antidote to violence.Note his praise of Gates for engaging the State Dept!
You don‘t just drop in 30,000 troops and wave a magic wand and call it democracy and make it look like New Jersey. It‘s going to take comprehensive effort that include micro-financing. The State Department has got to get involved. Secretary Gates deserves a lot of credit for - well, he leads the Defense Department, calling for more State Department resources.
[transcript, 12 Feb 2009]
Again: if anyone has brilliant ideas about how to proceed in Afghanistan - send 'em in. (No - not to me! To your elected Representative, Senators, SecDef Gates, SoS Clinton... )
Why'd we invade Iraq?