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I’ve just been asked to appear on CNBC’s evening newscast with Brian Williams, between 11PM and midnight tonight. I’m to discuss today’s NRO piece, “Troop Dearth.” I suppose I should be happy, since I only rarely do network TV. But I can’t help but feel I’m being asked to appear because I’ve said something critical, however measured and qualified, about the administration. I’m going to work hard to make sure that the interview conveys my real position–which is that some relatively minor and correctable misjudgements about troop strength do not mean that this war is unsuccessful, or a quagmire. Whatever mistakes have been made are important, not as signs that the war is going badly, but as warning signs about our need for a larger military.



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