""We're all seized with (the) problem," Dempsey was quoted as saying. "You can't whitewash it. We can't convince ourselves that we just have to work harder to get through it. Something has to change."" Timescall
Add this unsolicited statement by CJCS to the "stand down" order on combined operations with Afghan forces and you have, IMO, the death knell of the expeditionary war in Afghanistan. If you make your living servicing this war, look for other work.
the situation in Afghanistan will not change. The COIN illusion of change in the hearts of the Afghans is exposed as a deception perpetrated by ignorant fools.
The meeting between Dempsey and Allen in Kabul must have be a scene worthy of the art of the greatest of dramatists.
Look for Allen to go early in the new term and a suitably disguised rapid withdrawal to begin. pl