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05:47 PM on 08/30/2009
riiiiiight.............just in case that first criteria for success in afghanistan doesn't come true..........we can always say we succeeded in landing in afghanistan and establishing bases there
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Whinger
I'm Just Me!
05:35 PM on 08/30/2009
Another PR exercise in the making, to shore up flagging public support for the war!
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Coinyer101
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05:29 PM on 08/30/2009
50? ferget it. that uranus of the world ain't worth it.....,
05:21 PM on 08/30/2009
and how much tax dollars are wasted on such "measurement"?

reminds me of the 5-color security alarm bush came up with.

what's the difference???????
04:34 PM on 08/30/2009
If this doesn't bring back memories of McNamara, the Whiz Kids and Westmoreland, what could?

'In war, there is no substitute for victory." Gen. Douglas MacArthur
04:23 PM on 08/30/2009
there is one measurement in the US . Take over every thing by the GOV.
04:12 PM on 08/30/2009
Chinese blogger Xu Lai stabbed in Beijing bookshop | World news ...
Feb 15, 2009 ... A well-known Chinese blogger and novelist is recovering after he was stabbed by unidentified assailants as he gave a talk in a Beijing ...
www.guardian.co.uk/world/.../china-blogger-xu-lai-stabbed

Ah, freedom.....
04:15 PM on 08/30/2009
Glad they have the same views ;)
04:15 PM on 08/30/2009
As the communist ruling party LOL
04:10 PM on 08/30/2009
Good news is that after eight years of being in this war we finally decide to figure out how to figure out whether we’re winning or not.

Bad news is that after eight years of being in this war we finally decide to figure out how to figure out whether we’re winning or not.
04:06 PM on 08/30/2009
At last!

Never could understand how the Bush Administration could claim "Victory" w/o first defining the measures of success (or even the goals).

Or, why Dems would even argue w/ the Bush Administration about who could win the war w/o first asking the Administration how they would determine if the war was won.
03:57 PM on 08/30/2009
Metrics, it's European for the measurement for the American unsuccessful model of innovation? Come on, now, where's the strategy of our deep thinking leadership?
03:55 PM on 08/30/2009
That's what's been the status quo for a while...
03:54 PM on 08/30/2009
Better strategy.....don't just fight 'em, join 'em....
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nastywolf
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03:47 PM on 08/30/2009
Here's how such metrics work:

Goal #1: Defeat the enemy (FAIL)

Goal #2: Fill in Baghdad's IED potholes (PASS)

Goal #3: Reopen a water pumping plant (PASS)

Goal #4: Create lots of new millionaires (PASS)

Goal #5: Create new Iraqi millionaires who are not also bribed warlords (FAIL)

Results: 60% PASS.....Success!! Mission accomplished!
04:08 PM on 08/30/2009
Feudalism has since worked so far......though, they have offered no cake like Marie Antoinette, but guns, butter, growth has been tossed out for just guns...(those guns are for people that can actually afford them, btw)
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graffitijoe
If you like your plan ...
02:54 PM on 08/30/2009
Obama is getting more than a few good men killed.
03:58 PM on 08/30/2009
Really? Umm, who was president for the past 8 years, Clinton?
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MikeDu
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02:19 PM on 08/30/2009
Even the title of the article is spin - "to gauge success" implies there *is* success to gauge. To gauge relative success or failure might be a more useful measure? That's like me having 50 measurements to gauge how irresistable I am to women. You're starting out with an assumption that might not necessarily be supportable.
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Zen0469
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02:26 PM on 08/30/2009
Excellent point. I'd be very interested in which 50 variables are being measured and precisely how each of them is related to the criterion, namely, success in Afghanistan.

I suspect that the study will be poorly executed in that both the variables and relationship to the criterion will be seriously flawed. If this is the case, the results will be bullsh*t.
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03:30 PM on 08/30/2009
Much like your post.