The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Special post for Thursday the 26th.



Pentagon lifting ban on war dead coverage:


The Pentagon today lifted its ban on media coverage of coffins of war dead as they arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced. The coverage must be approved by families. Advocates of opening the base to coverage say the unmarked, flag-draped coffins make it impossible to identify specific remains.


The coverage must be approved by the victims' families, however. Advocates of opening the base to coverage say the unmarked coffins make it impossible to identify specific remains.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates is to announce the change at a news conference at 2 p.m. ET, the senior official said. He ordered a review after President Obama asked for more information on the long-standing policy.

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