The U.S. plan for Afghanistan has centered around withdrawal and saving and the economic saving that will come from that. But Anthony Cordesman says, “It is, however, far easier to talk about troop levels and budget cuts than to plan and conduct a real-world transition to Afghan responsibility for security and funding of Afghan operations and to deal with the strategic realities involved.” (Washington Post)

Max Boot says it’s time for the Senate, who has been reluctant to dignify Syria with an ambassador, to confirm Robert Ford as ambassador to Syria. (LA Times)

Cato’s Jim Harper grades congressional transparency ahead of today’s hearing, “Publication Practices for Transparent Government: Rating the Congress.” (Cato)

Victor Davis Hanson asks, “Will Israel survive?” (National Review)

Solyndra gave feds 22 reasons why the firm could fail (Washington Examiner)