http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/20/world/asia/20military.html?hp So in other words we have the Obama speak "definition" of military success. It's one of those ambiguous, unquantifiable terms of which our president is so fond. it's the military version of the "saved job" Now we can say we saved or shielded 500,000 Afghans from violence therefore we won the war. It doesn't matter if the number cannot be proven by any conventional metric it just matters that a large number of Afghan citizens were "saved" from violence. And prepare to have that "saved" figure repeated over and over again until the sheeple actually believe we "won" in Afghanistan.