Classified Report: 500,000 Troops Will Be Required in Afghanistan


Embedded in General Stanley McChrystal’s classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan is his conclusion that a successful counter insurgency strategy will require 500,000 troops over five years.

“The numbers are really pretty horrifying. What they say, embedded in this report by McChrystal, is they would need 500,000 troops – boots on the ground – and five years to do the job.” [Morning Joe, September 23, 2009]

There are perhaps only two people in America who think that this level of commitment is sustainable by the United States and its allies, and they left office last January.

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