7,431. 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: ” ‘Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months)–while Afghan security capacity matures–risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible.’ In other words, the U.S. could lose the war by September 2010.”

 – Bob Woodward, Obama’s Wars, Page 176

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