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The fact is that Iran doesn't want to see the Taliban come back any more than do most Afghan citizens.
Reconciliation is what takes place, of course, at higher levels. President Karzai has been very clear about the red lines for reconciliation, accept the constitution, lay down their weapons, cut their ties with al Qaeda and essentially become productive or at least participating members of society in that regard.
Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters - all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.
If you look at casualties, you find countries that had much higher loss rates per capita than the US. Denmark comes to mind, the United Kingdom, they have suffered heavy losses at various points, the Germans as well.
President Obama has said that our aspirations should be realistic. We are not going to turn one of the poorest countries in the world, that was plunged into 30 years of war, into an advanced, industrialized, Western-style democracy. What we want to achieve is Afghanistan's capacity to secure and govern itself.
I'm living the dream.
I will not ever run for political office. I can assure you.
I am not a politician, and I will never be, and I say that with absolute conviction.
I think no commander ever is going to come out and say, 'I'm confident that we can do this.'
Every civilian's death diminishes us, collectively.
After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair.
This is actually true of the overall fight against al-Qaeda and trans-national extremists, that as you put pressure on them in one location, they'll seek safe haven sanctuaries in other areas. So you do have to continue to pursue them. But they have less capability.
The president and I sat down in the Oval Office, and he expressed very clearly that what he wants from me is my best professional military advice.
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