Once upon a time, I was told that having a publicly pessimistic and defeatist attitude was really, really, really bad for our troops. Uh oh:
One year to turn Afghanistan around, Hillier says
HALIFAX–Western forces have just over a year to turn around the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, or the decade-long military effort could be lost, Canada's former top soldier says...
"We've got one shot to do it," he said Saturday at a panel discussion on the future of the Afghan mission.
"If we haven't changed in 18 months then we will not change." ...
He said Canadians' knowledge of the country's effort in Afghanistan is limited to soldiers dying, the scourge of roadside bombs and corruption in the government of Hamid Karzai.
Thanks, Rick. I'll bet that little speech perked our soldiers right up. Nice job. Carry on.
AFTERSNARK: You know, once upon a time, setting an actual date for withdrawal was a terrible idea. Apparently, times have changed. Who knew?