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The long war in Afghanistan…

Post by Scott Fontaine on Sep. 21, 2009 at 7:38 am |
September 21, 2009 7:44 am


… could get even longer.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. military’s top man in Afghanistan, says the war will “likely result in failure” if more troops aren’t sent.

“Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) — while Afghan security capacity matures — risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible,” McChrystal wrote.

As y’all probably know, a Fort Lewis Stryker brigade is in the midst of trying to fight back the Taliban in Kandahar province, the movement’s spiritual birthplace where, according to another Washington Post story, it pretty much runs the city.

(For those interested in such things, the Washington Post has an unclassified version of the assessment on its Web site.)

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