Tactical leaks on these internal deliberations suggest a radical repositioning of US policy, the result of which will be that McChrystal will not get all that he is asking for.
The objective is being wound back - from the Jeffersonian democracy sought by the former president George Bush to the creation of a state that is capable of protecting itself.
"Democracy?" asked a Kabul cabbie during a local television phone-in. "That's an American euphemism for occupation. We don't have patriotic leaders either - so, the people's hands are tied behind their backs."
We should withdraw, now, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing to install the pipelines necessary to control Eurasian oil.
You cannot win what is essentially a land war from the air, and the Afghan people do not want us there. We are not "protectors of their freedoms"; we are an occupying army, period, end of discussion.