Argument: US need not state-build in Afg, but counter terrorism
Max Boot. "Obama can't downsize to success in Afghanistan". Los Angeles Times. September 28, 2009: "We do not have to create 'Jeffersonian democracy' in Afghanistan. But we do have to keep it from becoming a terrorist haven. The only way to achieve that minimal objective is with a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy. If Obama blinks now, he will be doing grave damage not only to U.S. security but to his own credibility."