"It really doesn't matter how President Obama divides the Afghan baby, how he splits the difference between McChrystal and Biden.
Because the war has been lost," Thompson said on his radio show today.
"I say this because of one sad and simple fact. The president does not have the will and determination to do what's necessary to win it. His heart's not in it, and never has been. The Taliban knows it. Al Qaeda knows it. Our allies know it. And the American people know it.
"Our enemies are now emboldened and our friends are discouraged. We cannot prevail if the American people are not willing to make the sacrifices necessary for an extended effort. The case has not been made to them to justify this effort.
The case can only be made by the president. This president is unable or unwilling to make that case," Thompson said.
Thompson's words seem to lay the groundwork for Republican opposition to further American engagement in Afghanistan, cast here as halfhearted.
"Take your time, Mr. President," Thompson said. Unless you have a total change of heart and mind, it really doesn't make any difference."