This is depressing:
CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that the war in Afghanistan had “serious problems,” but the U.S.-led mission was making progress.
“It’s harder, it’s slower than I think anyone anticipated,” said Panetta, the nation’s top intelligence officer, in a rare media interview with the ABC program “This Week.”
He cited governance problems, drug trafficking and the Taliban insurgency — all in a tribal society — as the major challenges to the goal of “making sure al Qaeda never finds another safe haven from which to attack this country.”
“Winning in Afghanistan is having a country that is stable enough to ensure that there is no safe haven for al Qaeda or for a militant Taliban that welcomes al Qaeda,” Panetta said.
Ten years in, and our leadership can not provide concrete definitions of winning. Not that we are ever leaving, anyway:
The chairwoman of the Select Intelligence Committee said she is “absolutely” open to delaying the July 2011 date for a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Fox News Sunday this morning that if Gen. David Petraeus wants more time in Afghanistan, she’d support him.
“I would say give it to him, absolutely,” she said. “Now, let’s talk about the deadline. This is a transition point toward the beginning of a withdrawal or a draw down, as Petraeus said in his transcript before the armed services.”
Heard a Lewis Black comedy routine yesterday where he stated that our two major political parties in the United States are like a bowl of shit staring at itself in the mirror. On many core issues, he is right.