Now, let me quote "Dutch," the character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie "Predator." This is what he says in the short clip above about his plan for killing aliens - see below this captured portray of his:
Highlighting by me, of course.
Now here is Robert Gates' plan for Afghanistan. Don't get me wrong. I think Gates is quite a smart person. But his strategic anti-vision shows how Afghanistan's nuances are just hopeless information overload for a busy mind like his, and this is the sort of daring attempt at escaping Gordian knots of complexity that we can normally expect:
"You have to be realistic about the fact that developments of the kind we want to see take time," Gates replied. "If we can re-empower the traditional local centers of authority, the tribal shuras and elders and things like that and put an overlay of human rights on that, isn't that a step in the right direction?"