"I think it's the worst -- one of the many worst-kept secrets in Washington. It's 30,000 to 40,000 troops," said McCain, the former Republican presidential nominee who urged Obama to meet the commander's request.
40,000 more troops (and precisely where they're going to come from is unclear) will not change the situation on the ground.
Between aerial bombardment, which is only killing innocent civilians, and radicalizing the population into the waiting arms of the Taliban, coupled with a state government more collectively crooked than a dog's hind leg, our options are becoming increasingly more stark.
The first option is - literally - to kill almost every Afghan left standing, and get the oil pipelines installed to enable the West to control Eurasian oil.
And as horrendous as that sounds, don't think for a second that there aren't some folks in the halls of power in DC who haven't at least been thinking about it.
The second option makes far more sense. But because it is logical, the White House and Pentagon will ignore it completely.
That is, declare victory, and leave, just as quickly as safely and humanly possible for our troops. Then negotiate with whatever government is left standing about how much they will charge for rent on the installation of those pipelines.
As late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban about the pipelines, but felt that the asking price was "too high". Apparently to Bush and Cheney, it was "cheaper", in blood and money, to blow the Taliban out of power, and install a puppet government in Kabul, which they did.
What they collectively forgot, however, was that it was the United States which had originally trained the Taliban against Soviet Union.
They not only learned well and successfully enough to get the old Soviet Union; they have also adapted what they learned to confront US and NATO troops with even more deadly tactics and weapons.