September 29, 2008

SIDESHOW:

SPIEGEL INTERVIEW WITH US GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS: 'The Longest Campaign of the Long War': In an interview with SPIEGEL, General David Petraeus, until recently commander of the American forces in Iraq and future head of the US Central Command, discusses his new job, progress in Baghdad and how lessons from Iraq may apply to the escalating situation in Afghanistan. (Der Spiegel, 9/29/08)

SPIEGEL: How long will it take to win this fight, according to your cold realism?

Petraeus: I did a week-long assessment in 2005 at (then Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld's request. Following our return, I told him that Afghanistan was going to be the longest campaign of what we then termed "the long war." Having just been to Afghanistan a month or so ago, I think that that remains a valid assessment.


Heck, if you're talking about The Long War, the campaign against USSR took seventy years, against France took over two hundred, and it's not even proper to consider the sort of tribalism that plagues Afghanistan/Pakistan to be part of the war.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2008 11:29 AM
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