- Associated Press - Sunday, June 20, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday the spike in U.S. casualties in Afghanistan was expected and that people are too quick to say the war is going badly.

Mr. Gates told “Fox News Sunday” the war is a “tough pull,” but he said momentum is shifting toward the United States and its partners.

He acknowledges that the war effort in the Taliban heartland of southern Afghanistan is going more slowly than planned. He also acknowledged problems with corruption and thievery among the Afghan army forces, who are supposed to take over when the United States and other countries leave Afghanistan.