National view: Political success in Afghanistan is beyond reach of US
Published 06/26/2011, Washington Post Writers Group
Some heard a declaration of victory, others an admission of defeat. The many contradictions in President Obama’s speech about Afghanistan on Wednesday night were perhaps intended to obscure the bottom line: Tens of thousands of American troops will remain for at least three more years, some of them will be maimed or killed, and Obama offered no good reason why.Word count: 729
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