In my piece today about the rudderlessness of Republican foreign policy, I have a brief digression into an internecine progressive dispute on Afghanistan:
On Afghanistan, there is an ideological struggle about what war strategy should be — but it’s confined to the left. A coalition of progressive activists called Get Afghanistan Right has argued against the buildup of U.S. troops, while an alternative progressive coalition convened by the National Security Network has supported it.
As concerns the National Security Network, that’s a bit wide of the mark. NSN’s coalition is officially agnostic on the plus-up, at least until it sees the new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy from the Obama administration. I should know, because I wrote about this a few weeks ago. While they’re pushing back against the opposition to the troop increase, that doesn’t (yet) mean they’re officially in favor of it.