"There is no clear guidance or framework for how to handle Egypt, in particular," Mr. O'Hanlon said. "I would rate it poor in regard to Syria because our level of engagement is not up to the stakes involved in the conflict, and we are losing at present. Also, for states like Yemen and Libya ... we are not engaging enough. We need to be more willing to help train regional security forces, among other things."
"At least for the purposes of the magazine article, they failed to do so," he said. "That is a shame, because McChrystal in particular is one of the most collegial, deferential and team-oriented generals I've known, and I think he was doing a great job in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, they made some major mistakes vis-a-vis Washington at a time when it's particularly perplexing to understand why or how that was necessary."