Saturday, December 18, 2010

Success in Afghanistan?

A long-awaited White House review of the U.S. troop buildup in Afghanistan lays claim to progress in the fight against the Taliban insurgency, but it also acknowledges challenges to building a stable Afghan government and in eliminating militant sanctuaries in Pakistan.

The review, released Thursday, says President Barack Obama's military strategy is "setting the conditions" for a reduction of U.S. forces beginning in July 2011 and affirms the policy that Obama implemented just over a year ago. It suggests no changes to American troop levels in the region, according to an early summary released by the White House.

. . . The White House acknowledges Afghanistan's army and police will not be able to take over responsibility for security until at least 2014.

It's such a successful strategy that we'll be there until "at least 2014".

That sounds like failure, not success.

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