Should military spending be seen as a 'jobs program'?
Defense secretary applies lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan to new Pentagon budget.
New spending plan represents a shift toward counterinsurgency needs.
While the increase in soldiers is modest, the government is showing support for Obama's shift of strategy in Afghanistan – and, more broadly, for the administration itself.
Top concerns are troop levels and yardsticks for success
The lies one man told himself about the Vietnam War.
The Iraq-style troop surge is one part of a plan that hopes to bring stability through civilian know-how and a fresh Pakistan policy.
He wants to double aid by the end of his term to help improve America's image abroad, but that no longer looks possible.