Tom Friedman and Nick Kristof both argue against a troop increase. And I’m inclined to agree–an increase in military presence isn’t guaranteed (by any means) to quell the violence. Kristof argues instead for more schools–for the cost of one soldier, we could build 20 schools.
Also, in case you didn’t catch it, read an online chat with Matthew Hoh, who was the first U.S. official known to resign over the war in Afghanistan.
UPDATE: Here’s Jim Wallis’s (my boss) statement on Afghanistan.