Tuesday, December 30, 2008

No Longer The Forgotten War, Afghanistan Will Be A Hard One For Obama To Win

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Bower, a rifleman with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, patrols a village in the Helmand province in Afghanistan on Dec. 22, 2008. Bower's battalion is the ground combat component of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan. DoD photo by Cpl. Pete Thibodeau, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)

From U.S. News And World Report:

It wasn't long ago that Afghanistan was the forgotten war. But as U.S. troop deaths there dramatically overtook casualties in Iraq in 2008, the Pentagon has turned its attention to what senior military officials now like to call the longest campaign of the long war.

And it's not going to be easy to win. One top military adviser said recently that he was always convinced America could win in Iraq—but in Afghanistan, he's not so sure. The Taliban has made a heartbreaking comeback in much of the country. And Afghan President Hamid Karzai is steadily losing the confidence of his people and of much of the senior administration here as well.

On his watch, Karzai has been unable to banish corruption—a scourge that many Afghans view as their chief burden to bear in an unstable and increasingly violent country.

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My Comment: This article serves to pour a lot of cold water on those who feel that the U.S. .... after Iraq .... will be able to duplicate the same type of success in Afghanistan. It does a good job. But this war will be President Obama's to win .... or to be remembered as losing.

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