“Progress across the country remains uneven, with modest gains in security, governance, and development in operational priority areas.” — U.S. Defense Department report on “Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” November 2010 (pdf)
It is a sobering thought that we have now deployed American combat forces to Afghanistan for as long as the Soviets did. And, all we can say after a significant escalation this year is that progress across the country remains “uneven.”
Excerpted from “US presence in Afghanistan as long as Soviet slog” By The Associated Press
The Soviet Union couldn't win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine years, 50 days.
On Friday, the U.S.-led coalition will have been fighting in this South Asian country for as long as the Soviets did in their humbling attempt to build up a socialist state. The two invasions had different goals — and dramatically different body counts — but whether they have significantly different outcomes remains to be seen. …