Taliban Now Winning

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    The Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan, the top American commander there said, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy in the eight-year-old conflict by increasing the number of troops in heavily populated areas like the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the insurgency's spiritual home.

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal warned that means U.S. casualties, already running at record levels, will remain high for months to come.

    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the commander offered a preview of the strategic assessment he is to deliver to Washington later this month, saying the troop shifts are designed to better protect Afghan civilians from rising levels of Taliban violence and intimidation. The coming redeployments are the clearest manifestation to date of Gen. McChrystal's strategy for Afghanistan, which puts a premium on safeguarding the Afghan population rather than hunting down militants.





    Taliban Now Winning - WSJ.com
     
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    He who defends everything defends nothing. Frederick The Great

    Time to leave that place.

    Now.
     
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    They have the home team advantage, Willow.

    Let them come here and watch how easily we'd kick their asses.
     
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    :lol::lol: hypocrite,, they did come here once.. and they kicked our asses..
     
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    we didnt get our asses kicked , i was close enough on 9/11 that if it had collapsed differently tower 2 would have fallen on me and neither i or my country got our asses kicked that day.
     
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    I wonder if our increased casualties in Afghanistan is related to the directive that Gen. McChrystal issued back in July that told U.S. troops to back off a mission if the enemy was close to civilians?
     
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    a lot of the far-right talking heads started complaining about civilian causaulties as soon as Obama was POTUS.....but when the U.S was invading Iraq (a country that had nothing to do with 9-11) and civilians were being murdered by the thousands these same guys were cheering.
     
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    Interesting headline choice by WSJ. I wonder if they bothered to check with General Patreaus. The article itself is accurate, but its headline is intended for shock value. Surprise surprise.
     
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    we got our asses kicked.
     
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    on Bush's watch.
     

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