A few days ago I said here that someone should record and check current claims by the Obama Administration about what the Afghanistan troop surge will accomplish against reality at intervals of 1, 1.5 and 2 years. Gen. McChrystal helped us out somewhat yesterday with several very specific dates, albeit with not entirely specific accomplishments:
The general gave Congress milestones to judge whether the surge is working, reports CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin.
McChrystal gave senators three dates, starting with July 2010.
“I expect there to be significant progress that is evident to us inside our force,” McChrystal said.
Next, December 2010.
“I expect that we will be able to lay real progress out that will be clear to everyone,” McChrystal said.
Finally, July 2011.
“I think the progress will be unequivocally clear to the Afghan people,” McChrystal said. “When it’s unequivocally clear to them, that will be a critical decisive point.”
We’ll be watching.