The Pentagon on Thursday said US-led forces are making headway against the Taliban, despite what it called an overly gloomy portrayal of the war shaped by media coverage.
US and NATO troops have taken back territory from insurgents over the past year and bolstered security across the country, but the progress has often been "overshadowed" by violence in southern provinces, press secretary Geoff Morrell said.
Memo to Press Secretary Morrell: there is absolutely no public confidence that this campaign can be won in a military sense, period, end of discussion.
Thinking Americans understand that this campaign has absolutely nothing to do with the safety and well-being of American citizens.
They understand fully that this is a war for private profit, from three areas: the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, Afghanistan's mineral riches, and profits from the drug trade.
Our young men and women who are fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying (well over one thousand now) are in Afghanistan to accomplish those ends, and we never have had, or will have, enough boots on the ground to make a true military victory possible.
After 9 years at enormous cost in blood and money, we need to go home, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever Afghan government is left standing for the pipeline and mineral rights.
The only thing the US/NATO occupation has actually accomplished is the resurgence of the drug trade, which the Taliban, under their watch, had completely obliterated. In fact, cheap heroin flooding the market in Russia has become a problem of such magnitude that Russian officials are complaining bitterly to US and NATO officials about the real lack of action to battle the drug trade (when drugs are controlled, where they wind up is also controlled. It's a method of destabilization which doesn't require the firing of a single bullet.)