Jackson Diehl, The Washington Post | June 14, 2010
Three factors are currently hindering US strategy in Afghanistan. ++ The first is a lack of commitment from European governments and the failure to figure out how to replace Canadian and Dutch combat troops withdrawing from Afghanistan this summer. ++ The second is a divergence of interests between the US and Karzai. ++ Third and most seriously is the "continued absence in the US command of a clear and coherent plan for pacifying southern Afghanistan -- one that seamlessly blends civilian and military initiatives."