I want to pass along a great line I heard from an American colonel while I’ve been touring Afghanistan this past week. Needless to say, American troops, or at least their officers, are watching the debate in Washington over Afghanistan with great interest and not a little consternation. They know they need more help to win — and they know they might not get it. That concern is expressed in typical soldiers’ wisecracks like this one: “Not implementing the McChrystal plan is like knowing that the rules call for 11 on 11 but deciding you’d rather play with eight — and count on knocking the opposing quarterback out of the game on the first play.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.