... and then there's what the troops are facing on the ground:
The war in Afghanistan is going so badly – “it is serious and it is deteriorating” – that America's top military commander Admiral Mike Mullen was grimly preparing a war-weary public Sunday for the possibility that many more U.S soldiers may soon be needed to quell the raging Taliban insurgency.
This already has been the bloodiest summer for both foreign troops and Afghans since 2001.
Not to mention the evolving smell of electoral fraud and 'democracy by coercion' as practiced by the Taliban:
Adm. Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, America's most senior military commander, warns time is running out.
“We've got to start to turn this thing around from a security standpoint in the next 12 to 18 months,” he said Sunday. That warning came on the heels of a flawed presidential election in Afghanistan where Taliban threats kept millions from the polls in the war-torn south and accusations of widespread vote-rigging threaten to further taint the outcome.
So ... we might do well to ask ourselves just what we seek to gain in Afghanistan besides inflating Steve "War President" Harper's ego?