Gen. David Petraeus, in his first appearance in Washington since taking over as the top war commander in Afghanistan, gave President Barack Obama a mostly upbeat assessment of military progress that should allow the United States to begin withdrawing forces this summer, despite predictions the wounded Taliban insurgency will mount an especially bloody fight this spring.http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/mar/15/PT2NEWSO4-petraeus-optimistic-about-afghan-fight/news-nationworld/
No one is calling it the Taliban's last stand, but U.S. officials say this is the year that the insurgency will be tamed on the battlefield and at the bargaining table.
"[T]his is the year that the insurgency will be tamed on the battlefield and at the bargaining table"?
They're either stupid or lying.
By the way, we've been hearing "this is the year" for almost a decade.