America’s top military officer described the situation in Afghanistan as “serious and deteriorating,” but refused to say Sunday whether defeating a resilient enemy would require more than the 68,000 American troops already committed. I wonder what kind of double-speak this is. If things are deteriorating, then isn’t it clear that we should beef things up? Joint Chiefs Chair Adm. Mike Mullen also expressed concern about the erosion of public support as the US and NATO enter their ninth year of operations in the area.br /These comments highlight the challenges that America and its allies face against a resurgent Taliban and al-Qaida fighters who use safe havens in neighboring Pakistan to hide and launch attacks. The problem is a lack of political leadership; it’s clear to most who have any knowledge of our enemy that they will follow us here if we don’t defeat them there—but it will take political leaders to bring us to that realization. My vote; let’s beat them there. Let’s send more troops.