01/11/2013 10:47 am ET Updated Mar 13, 2013

Rosy Afghan Scenario, Again

The Obama national security team has put a happy face on the Afghan war this week for the visit of President Karzai ("We ARE making progress," Panetta said yesterday). He and others cite data that shows violence is down in much of the country. Former Joint Staff Watch Officer John McCreary has a nice counterbalance in his NightWatch column this morning.
McCreary also uses hard data, and concludes: "(T)he anti-government fighters remain a nationwide threat, even after the US surge. The reduced level of serious security incidents is ambiguous because the Taliban strategy has been to minimize direct fire fights, wait for the enemy to depart, and retake the land after the enemy leaves."