George Will Takes on NeoCons on Afghanistan

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Sep 6, 2009 9:47am

George Will sparked a debate with Defense Secretary Gates this week with his call to pull out of Afghanistan, first on 'This Week' then in the Washington Post.

And he drew fire from fellow conservatives, including Robert Kagan, who called it a “double surrender” policy in the Washington Post.

On the Roundtable today, Will struck back saying "we are going to have a debate and there will be plenty of brass on my side."

He quoted from a recent letter he received from Marine Commandant General Charles Krulak. In the letter, Krulak said he read Will's column and is in "total agreement" with his assessment. See letter HERE.

Kagan, Bill Kristol, Dan Senor and other neoconservatives will be weighing in later this week with this letter to President Obama:

"Mr. President, you have put in place the military leadership and sent the initial resources required to begin bringing this war to a successful conclusion. The military leadership has devised a strategy that will reverse the errors of previous years, free Afghans from the chains of tyranny, and keep America safe.  We call on you to fully resource this effort, do everything possible to minimize the risk of failure, and to devote the necessary time to explain, soberly and comprehensively, to the American people the stakes in Afghanistan, the route to success, and the cost of defeat."

Watch our roundtable HERE.

- George Stephanopoulos

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