Conflict described as ‘roller coaster’ ride
“This is a tough, tough business,” he said during a Senate hearing Wednesday. “And those who are living it have to keep their eye on the horizon to ensure the trajectory is generally upward.”
Military officials say most of the extra troops have arrived but it will take several more months before marked progress can be shown.
Even with reinforcements, the challenges are numerous. Crucial campaigns in the Afghan towns of Marjah and Kandahar are moving slower than expected; NATO remains short on personnel to train the Afghan security force; the Afghan government remains rife with corruption; and a recent spate of Taliban attacks has put June on track to become the deadliest month in the war.
Much of the debate on Capitol Hill has focused on when U.S. troops should leave. President Obama’s promise to start the withdrawal in July 2011 helped him with Democrats, but it prompted Republican charges that the U.S. was encouraging the Taliban and demoralizing its allies by setting a hard and fast withdrawal date.
Franken subject of comic book
ST. PAUL | U.S. Sen. Al Franken is stepping into the pages of a new comic book.
A biographical comic called Political Power: Al Franken goes on sale on Wednesday.
The 32-page comic book from Bluewater Productions of Vancouver, Wash., explores Mr. Franken’s career and his election.
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