Meet General Stanley McChrystal, the man charged with turning things around in Afghanistan. He is also the man who just recently requested that 40,000 more troops be called in.
Blunt though he may be, General McChrystal appears to not be using his immense input into making a case for withdrawing any troops from Afghanistan.
With his most recent request being such a large number, soldiers and their families can be sure that things aren’t going to be resolved any time soon.
If you want a figurehead to blame for the ongoing conflict, this man is second best to the president himself.