I don't know. I have a hard time understanding this war. I know why we went in, and I thought it was the right thing to do, and still do. But since about 2002, this war has seemed adrift, and since 2005, since the government of Pakistan went into opposition, it has been getting messier and messier.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.