7,433. 8/29/2009

On August 29, 2009, Commander of U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal delivered a confidential Initial Assessment on the situation in Afghanistan. It read: ” ‘Almost every aspect of our collective effort and associated resourcing has lagged a growing insurgency–historically a recipe for failure’ in counterinsurgency. …the Afghan security force ‘will not have enough capability in the near-term given the insurgency’s growth rate,’ so he proposed a ‘bridge capability’ of more coalition troops.”

 – Bob Woodward, Obama’s Wars, Page 176

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