#1 - "The principal theme of the two-day gathering is "transition," the notion that the Afghan army and police force should be able to take over primary security responsibility for most of the country by the end of 2014"
The Afghan security forces will total 250,000 members by year's end, and intensive Western training efforts in recent months have focused on tasks as varied as fielding elite commandos to teaching illiterate police recruits — which is to say, nearly every last one of them — how to read.
Although the transfer of responsibility is already in its nascent stages in a few districts, the Lisbon summit is being painted as a formal start to that process.
This gives the governments of NATO nations something concrete to assure their restive publics that this unpopular war is not an open-ended one."
The question remains
"There are more than 100,000 foreign soldiers in the country right now who are professional and well-equipped and they can’t defeat the Taliban. How can the Afghan Army and police defeat them?"
Afghans would also like to see NATO forces here take the requests of their leaders more seriously.
Over the past week, Karzai called on US and other foreign forces to stop their night raids and reduce their overall patrols. Although the remarks were popular among Afghans, who have long spoken out against night raids, Karzai’s comments drew much ire from top American commander Gen. David Petraeus, who says he sees the night raids as a critical component of his strategy.
“As an Afghan, I hope they will accept Karzai’s demands. If they really want peace they should accept them, but I don’t think that they will,” says Hazrat Bahar, a teacher in Khost City.
"Col. Mohammad Daud, the district police chief, surveyed his men with evident pride. A general would be arriving soon, and they were ready.
Observing the scene from the nearby shade, an American soldier reached a different conclusion.
"They're [expletive] worthless," he said.
"I've never seen them in any formation before," he said. "They're never in uniform."
"They're a joke."
#2- "Petraeus is likely to point to the military’s success in capturing or killing a number of mid- and senior-level officials from various militant organizations here"
Militants, however, say that while the US and its allies may be having some success targeting their organizations, they have failed to eliminate anyone who cannot be replaced.
“The martyrdom of a commander does not affect the jihad, because we are Afghans and we are Muslims. When someone gets martyred it encourages more and more Afghans to fight against the foreigners. We just get another commander,”
Says Abu Bakr, a mid-level commander for Hizb-e Islami, a powerful insurgent group, in restive Kunar province. He also says that ISAF officials often exaggerate the importance of who they kill or capture.
The question remains
"You can’t kill or capture your way out of an industrial-strength insurgency like that which we faced in Iraq,” noted Petraeus, adding that the process involved separating hard-core radicals who would be “part of the problem forever” from those who were reconcilable and could become part of the solution"
Now do you see how 100% accurate the May 15th Prophecy was about the results of the so-called-Iraq "Awakening" or "Son of Iraq"? as oppose to the shaping of opinion by the man put forward by the President.Selah
Petraeus knows he can play his photo op's & slide shows presentation of "fewer deaths" or "more captured and killed"
He can play this to a ignorant audience who do not understand the strategy of war particularly a spiritual war in which he himself is in way over his head as evidence by his actions, therefor see the little big brother of Ephraim
Supporting the Troops, Not the Wars
"While Britons once saw themselves as fighting wars they would most likely win with a broadly beneficial outcome, the columnist Melanie Phillips wrote in The Daily Mail, a conservative newspaper, “that consensus was broken with the war in Iraq — and may never be repaired.”
“The result has been that the public now mourn excessively the soldiers who have fallen in battle — who are seen increasingly as the victims, not of the enemies of this country but of its government that commits Britain to fight wars its people no longer support.”
Because the same can be said about the big little brother of Manasseh which the May 15th Prophecy have told you with 100% accuracy of what will happen next written at LastDayWatchers
Check the "change" to see how it has remained the same inside the Late Addiction
U.S. and Israel: Still No Consensus on Pressuring Iran
"More importantly, perhaps, the U.S. and its allies have not established a consensus among themselves on what would be an acceptable diplomatic solution. Over and above the disclosure requirements that prompted the suspension demand,
"Obama Administration has not changed the Bush Administration's demand that Iran relinquish its right to enrich uranium (as codified in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty)"
even for peaceful purposes under international monitoring, on the grounds that it can't be trusted not to put that technology to use for a covert weapons program. Needless to say, that demand is a non-starter for Iran, but it is not backed by Russia or China, and many Western officials have questioned the viability of demanding it, now that uranium enrichment in Iran is a fait accompli."
How Israel And The US Hope To Destroy Hezbollah
"I’ve got these [expletive deleted] just where we want them Maura! Watch the 1000 slow cuts as we shred Hezbollah–who do they think they are? And we’ll do it by using 1757 and this time we’re going all the way. I told Israel to stay out of Lebanon because the IDF can’t defeat Hezbollah plus the whole region would burn."
INFO ON TAP
Conservatives split with U.S. military leaders over U.S.-Russia nuke treaty