The commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, has issued a dire assessment of the state of military operations there. The classified report sets the stage for an expansion of US troop levels in Afghanistan by as many as 45,000.
The report, which is just over ten pages long, admits that it will take a number of years before the US can create a functional Afghan security force. Congressional leaders are to be briefed on the report, once it is approved by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but they will not be given copies of the document.
One has to wonder what is potentially so "terrifying" in this 10 page document for congressional representatives that they are forbidden to actually read it themselves?!?
Is it potential US casualty counts, or the need to re-institute a draft, or some draconian plan for martial law, if protests against this war start to get traction?