She got the name of the top general in Afghanistan wrong. It’s actually “McKiernan.”
That can’t be good for people who think she’s inexperienced.
Also, it turns out she was just plain wrong when she claimed he didn’t say an Iraq style surge didn’t work.
â€œAfghanistan is not Iraq,â€ said Gen. David McKiernan, who led ground forces during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and took over four months ago as head of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan.
During a news conference yesterday, McKiernan described Afghanistan as â€œa far more complex environment than I ever found in Iraq.â€ The country’s mountainous terrain and rural population, its poverty and illiteracy, its 400 major tribal networks and history of civil war all make for unique challenges, he said.
â€œThe word I don’t use for Afghanistan is ‘surge,’ â€ McKiernan emphasized, saying that what is required instead is a â€œsustained commitmentâ€ to a counterinsurgency effort that could last many more years and would ultimately require a political, not military, solution.
And so it goes…