Despite a pledge from the Obama administration to begin its troop drawdowns next July, this ongoing base-construction splurge, when put together with recent signals from the White House, civilians at the Pentagon, and top military commanders, including Afghan war chief General David Petraeus, suggests that the process may be drawn out over many years. During a recent interview with ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, for instance, Petraeus affirmed the president’s July 2011 timeline, but added a crucial caveat. "It will be a pace that is determined by conditions," he said.
We very likely will not be leaving Afghanistan in anything which could possibly be near-term.
And the only people "winning" this war?!?
The drug lords, and the defense corporations, which make billions in supplying hired mercenaries, equipment, and logistics.