US troops out of Afghanistan

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of US-NATO forces in Afghanistan, will formally submit his request that tens of thousands more American troops be sent into the eight-year-old colonial-style war.

This request follows on the heels of a report written by McChrystal—and leaked from the Pentagon—warning that Washington faces defeat in Afghanistan unless it follows his prescription for a “properly resourced” escalation of a counterinsurgency campaign aimed at breaking the resistance of the Afghan people to foreign occupation.