In what officials are referring to as “March Madness,” the military is gearing up for one of the largest movements of troops since World War II, set to occur over the next five months. The plan involves packing up containers of tents, showers and construction material needed to set up a remote forward operating base, in addition to removing 50,000 American forces from Iraq and transferring 30,000 reinforcements through the Khyber Pass linking Pakistan and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Afghan president Hamid Karzai is ruffling feathers and raising suspicions in Washington that he’s a less-than-reliable partner in creating a stable, corruption-free Afghan government.
Matthew P. Hoh, former Marine who fought in Iraq; joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan
Seth Jones, former advisor and plans officer for the Commanding General, U.S. Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan; he is a political scientist at RAND and the author of “In the Graveyard of Empires”