Just back from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sen. Levin tells reporters at a Monitor breakfast of significant progress in building up the Afghan Army. Strengthening Afghan forces is the "critical mission," the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said.
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Carl Levin, Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has just returned from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. At a Monitor breakfast with reporters today, he said that progress is being made in turning more of the war effort over to the Afghans.
Why? The Army is “respected” by the Afghan people, he explained, and when the Afghans themselves lead the fight, they negate the Taliban message of US-as-occupier.
The unstated implication: The faster the Afghans stand up their own forces, the faster American troops come home.