"You've got 200 countries in the world. If we actually treated them all the same and asked them all to make the same reforms at the same time, we'd probably end up with 190 enemies," said Anthony Cordesman, the Arleigh A. Burke chair in strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "If you're going to talk about this reform in Saudi Arabia, you do it quietly."
"Many Afghan officials and officers, and allied officers and diplomats, are at best confused and at worst privately believe that we will leave," Mr. Cordesman said. "Any visitor to Afghanistan also sees efforts at every level to rush operations in time to meet November 2010 and July 2011 reporting deadlines. The end result is that a vague de facto deadline exists."