Such comments are rare, but they offer a window into breadth of opinion on how best to handle Afghanistan, even within the U.S. military.
The region is critically complex, and it seems to get more complicated by the day. After a Kremlin promise of $2.1 billion in aid, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev of Kirgizstan declared earlier this month that he would be shutting down Manas Air Base, a key U.S. logistics hub for Afghanistan. U.S. officials say that nothing is finalized. But the move signifies a disturbing reassertion of Russian power, they add, and one more problem on the new president's plate.
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