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Afghan forces will be "good enough" to take over from the American-led coalition as the U.S. and its allies pull out troops over the next two years, the second-ranking U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday.
A longtime adviser to U.S. commanders in Afghanistan says now is the time for President Obama to change strategy and target Taliban leaders ensconced in Pakistan.
Imposing morals in the military
He added: "How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding and behind an array of more than seven years of optimistic statements by U.S. senior leaders in Afghanistan? No one expects our leaders to always have a successful plan. But we do expect — and the men who do the living, fighting and dying deserve — to have our leaders tell us the truth about what's going on."
"What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground," wrote Col. Davis, who spent last year in-country as part of a rapid equipping force. "Instead, I witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level."