Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pentagon complains of ‘negative’ picture of Afghan war

This is now the longest war in the history of the United States, in which this backward bunch of cavemen and goat herders have fought the most powerful military force in the history of mankind to a draw. Over a thousand men and women have died. Farming of opium and marijuana were illegal and practically non-existent when we invaded; now Afghanistan has the opium market cornered and is the world's #1 hashish and marijuana producers - which is about the only achievement we have to brag about. And it's cost us over $1Trillion in treasury, and counting. What's there to be negative about? Where's your sense of patriotism?!

    Raw Story -

    The Pentagon on Thursday said US-led forces are making headway against the Taliban, despite what it called an overly gloomy portrayal of the war shaped by media coverage.

    US and NATO troops have taken back territory from insurgents over the past year and bolstered security across the country, but the progress has often been "overshadowed" by violence in southern provinces, press secretary Geoff Morrell said.

    "Now, we're far from perfect. We've got a long way to go in each of those places," Morrell told reporters.

    "But this notion that there has not been progress made I think is an erroneous one."

    His comments reflected a worry in the Pentagon and NATO about losing control of the "narrative" of the war amid mounting casualties, with media coverage and commentary possibly undermining public confidence that the campaign can be won.

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