Rory Stewart, UK Member of Parliament | July 2, 2010
The war in Afghanistan costs $100 billion annually and requires the deployment of 100,000 NATO troops – but why must it be fought? ++ The West is trapped in an incomprehensible war, justified by a counter-insurgency theory that leaders are unable to refute and incapable of actualizing. ++ Global theories are intellectually appealing, but they do not win wars. ++ NATO must finally acknowledge its limits, and leaders in the West must abandon their allegiance to grand theories in favor of practical strategies.