Robert Gates, The Secretary of War and Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Strategy

by Benjamin Domenech on 2:55 am May 18, 2009

SECDEF is blunt about the length of America’s Afghan commitment, daunting tasks ahead for soldiers in the field, and need for Pentagon culture shift: “I was out here 20 years ago when we were fighting the Soviets. The Soviets had 120,000 troops in this country. They did not care about civilian casualties. And they lost.”

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