This Mission Is Not McChrystal Clear: Our troops are not in Afghanistan for a social experiment.

Deep down, national-security conservatives know President Obama will not wage a decisive war against America’s enemies in Afghanistan.

They also know that the young men and women we already have there are sitting ducks. Ralph Peters notes that our commanders, obsessed with avoiding civilian casualties, have imposed mind-boggling rules of engagement (ROE) on our forces, compelling them to retreat from contact with the enemy and denying them resort to overwhelming force — including the denial of artillery and air cover when they are under siege.