I must say that I am a little confused by this one.
The enemy in Afghanistan is losing, the U.S. military’s top officer declared Wednesday in an unusually upbeat assessment on the war.
I mean I really appreciate this very positive outlook but I am a little suspicious that the CJCS may be thinking that HOPE is a METHOD, when it really isn’t. I am sure, hell I know that our forces are winning in many areas of Afghanistan but to say that we are fore sure winning makes me wonder and be a little confused.
I recently talked with some friends in the last couple of days about their experiences in Afghanistan and even though one of them is on his way back now, they both had the same feeling that many others I know have. The feeling of “what did I really accomplish over the last year?”
Many troops who have served come back and after they look at the whole big picture they seem to wonder how what little gains they made in their tour have contributed to the overall progress. It is hard to explain and that is not the point of this post, so I may write more about that later.
Anyway, this assessment from the CJCS also seems to go against the 1 year review that was just given to the POTUS by the DOD. I wrote about that review the other day right HERE.
But then again maybe the CJCS is trying to just prepare the American people for what lies ahead this summer
Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted on Wednesday that there would be "plenty of forces left" come July and he expects violence to rise as U.S. and Afghan forces continue to confront Taliban strongholds.
But that makes it more confusing. How can you say that the enemy is losing (which implies we are winning) and in the same breath say that you expect violence to rise?
I am not sure what to make of this story as the CJCS appears to be contradicting himself somewhat. I don’t know, I guess that is why he has four stars and all I ever had was three chevrons, three rockers and a diamond in the middle.