This week’s TIME cover story focuses on what to do in a failing Afghanistan with a sidebar on how Obama, McCain expect to defeat the Taliban. Also in this week’s mag:
—Jay Carney on Bush and McCain’s uneasy relationship. “Few political relationships have been more bitter, awkward or downright tortured….”
—New TIME/Rockfeller Foundation poll finds 85% say the country is on the wrong track.
Plus: TIME’s Tumulty on how Obama’s audition overseas next week.