Those who feel the war is futile were bound to be disappointed.
The Economist on Obama, from last November:
He has to start deciding whom to disappoint.
Richard Holbrooke must know that there will be no American victory in this war; he can only try to forestall potential disaster. But if he considers success unlikely, or even questions the premise of the war, he has kept it to himself.
"We're beating the cat."
"Why are you beating the cat?"
"It's a cat-tiger strategy."
Seventy percent of today's ANA recruits are illiterate.
Nathaniel Fick and Vikram Singh:
The average Afghan spends one-fifth of his income on bribes.
Rashid, back in September:
The Taliban's game plan of waiting out the Americans now looks more plausible than ever.
Elizabeth Rubin, from the Korengal Valley:
It didn't take long to understand why so many soldiers were taking antidepressants.