If President Barack Obama wants some extra advice on what to do in Afghanistan, he need look no farther than Pakistan’s former President, Pervez Musharraf.
Send more troops?
* “Yes, absolutely. A military man understands that. The space is too large and your troop level is low,” Musharraf said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
How soon should the decision be taken?
* “I think we should take it immediately. You should have taken it yesterday.”
What would you tell an American public that’s increasingly worried about casualties?
* “The message is certainly that we have to win. We must avoid as much as possible casualties. But when soldiers move and armies act, casualties will be there and we must accept casualties.”
The war in Afghanistan presents a quandary for the Obama administration, which entered office in January promising to correct what it cast as the policy missteps of Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush.