War or No War, Winning in Afghanistan 'a Matter of Political Will'

January 5, 2015 2:26 AM

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War or No War, Winning in Afghanistan 'a Matter of Political Will'

I met the man who whispered those words to me -- let's call him Tom -- in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. I suspected he was CIA but never asked.

Then in Marja, Afghanistan, in 2010, when I was following the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, as he took a tour, I was surprised to see Tom outside a small tent. The Marines had just won a hard fought battle here. The surge had just started. Thousands of troops were flooding into Af...

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