"In 2008, the insurgency was falling apart in Iraq, while in Afghanistan the insurgents were becoming stronger. [In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on September 10, 2008] Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, 'I'm not convinced we're winning in Afghanistan. I am convinced we can. That is why I…am looking at a new, more comprehensive strategy for the region.' "
– Bing West, The Wrong War, xxi
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