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Published: 02/13/11

The Afghanistan War: Tactical Victories, Strategic Stalemate?

By  David Wood - Politics Daily
The Afghanistan War: Tactical Victories, Strategic Stalemate?

The top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, likes to describe the tactical gains his troops are making against insurgents. But a stream of independent data and analysis suggests a wide gap between those battlefield gains and the strategic progress needed to convince a skeptical President Obama, Congress and the public to stay with the war effort for at least three more years. Recently, for instance, Petraeus asserted that his forces "achieved what we set out to achieve in 2010, which was to reverse the insurgency momentum.'' He has said that Taliban insurgents "are losing momentum ...

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