Tuesday 21 Aug 2018 | 12:48 | SYDNEY
Tuesday 21 Aug 2018 | 12:48 | SYDNEY

The Afghanistan surge


Sam Roggeveen


12 November 2008 08:06

In an interview with the 7.30 Report last night, Anthony Cordesman from the Center for Strategic and International Studies suggested the US is considering an even bigger Afghanistan troop surge than President-Elect Obama has called for up to now:

We don't have enough troops, it won't be solved by turning to our allies, we can't create Afghan forces that quickly. They've raised the requirement to some 20 to 25,000 reinforcements, they've talked about three brigades not one, some have gone as far as five.

My understanding is that Obama wants up to 15,000 more troops, so this would be a substantial additional effort.

By the way, I had all sorts of curly Afghanistan questions planned for Defence Minister Fitzgibbon, but his office just called me to cancel our interview. Not happy, Joel.