U.S. Notes Limited Progress in Afghan War: White House ‘pessimistic’

From The Washington Post:

A White House assessment of the war in Afghanistan has concluded that wide-ranging strategic goals that the Bush administration set for 2007 have not been met, even as U.S. and NATO forces have scored significant combat successes against resurgent Taliban fighters, according to U.S. officials.

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More from Think Progress:

Intelligence analysts acknowledge the battlefield victories, but they highlight the Taliban’s unchallenged expansion into new territory, an increase in opium poppy cultivation and the weakness of the government of President Hamid Karzai as signs that the war effort is deteriorating. […]

Overall, “there doesn’t seem to be a lot of progress being made. … I would think that from [the Taliban] standpoint, things are looking decent,” the intelligence official said.

Senior White House officials privately express pessimism about Afghanistan. There is anxiety over the current upheaval in neighboring Pakistan, where both the Taliban and al-Qaeda maintain headquarters, logistical support and training camps along the Afghan border.

A recent report from the Senlis Council found that the Taliban now controls 54 percent of Afghanistan. I'm sure they'll get around to blaming him because, God only know, everything that has gone on in the world since the idiot in chief was 'supremed' into office is ALL Bill Clinton's fault.

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