How You Know The War Is Going Badly ...

When Michael Yon – no defeatist by any stretch of the imagination - writes this:

We must alter our expectations for Afghanistan. There are bigger problems afoot. The ice is melting, banks are melting, and the prestige of great nations that do great things is melting, because they thought they could transform a thorny bush into a tree.

Gates gets this; Obama gets this; Americans get this. The hefty shift of forces from Iraq to Afghanistan does not make a lot of sense to me.