Friday, July 9, 2010

When will someone define "win" in Afghanistan?

The Democratic critique of the Bush war policy was over the failure to define "win". Without a definition of victory, there is no way to know when the war is over and when we can bring our troops home.

"We are in this to win," Gen. David Petraeus said Sunday as he took the reins of an Afghan war effort troubled by waning support, an emboldened enemy, government corruption and a looming commitment to withdraw troops even with no sign of violence easing.

Petraeus, who pioneered the counterinsurgency strategy he now oversees in Afghanistan, has just months to show progress in turning back insurgents and convince both the Afghan people and neighboring countries that the U.S. is committed to preventing the country from again becoming a haven for al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies.

. . . "In answer, we must demonstrate to the people and to the Taliban that Afghan and international forces are here to safeguard the Afghan people, and that we are in this to win," Petraeus said on the Fourth of July, U.S. Independence Day.

The Obama / Petraeus team tripled our commitment to Afghanistan in terms of troops and money, but still haven't defined "win".

Of course, Congressional Democrats no longer demand any explanation, now that Obama adopted the neo con Bush war policy lock, stock and barrel.

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