Anbar Province, where Iraq is battling insurgents, was once lauded for the decision of tribal elders to cast out Al Qaeda. The question is whether Afghan officials are receptive to the Iraqi lesson.
Amidst a rash of deadly assaults, NATO is stepping away from cooperation with Afghan forces. Though President Obama remains committed to his timeline for U.S. withdrawal, the training of Afghan forces may suffer.
The U.S. military says that an increasingly capable Iraqi Army could assume primary combat responsibility by mid-2009.
Events on the ground could cause Obama or McCain to carry out similar strategies.
By the end of July, they hope to finalize a deal that would map out the role and "time horizon" for US troops in the country.