What's going on with the good soldier Stanley? His recent statements to the press indicate that he thinks that his "surge" will bring the hard core Taliban to the negotiating table to decide on a political future for the de facto confederation that the state of Afghanistan has always been. This is radically different from the COINista babbling that has characterized his utterances before. That line of talk has been all about CNAS dreams of construction of a nation state.
I invite discussion of this subject. pl