Success is still achievable in Afghanistan but, without more troops in the next year, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure." That's according to a 66-page "urgent confidential assessment" by the top US and NATO commander, General Stanley McChrystal that's been posted on the Washington Post. Peter Spiegel is senior foreign policy correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
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Nancy Nielsen, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association
Robert Laszewski, President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic (@NormOrnstein)
Charles Babington, Associated Press (@cbabington)
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