Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C., photo) asked Tuesday when Congress might hear that it's time for Americans to come home from the war "Uncle Chang" is funding in Afghanistan.
"As we're spending $10 billion a month that we can't even pay for, the Chinese, Uncle Chang is lending us the money to pay that we're spending in Afghanistan," Jones observed during his questioning of Lieutenant General John Allen in a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. "What is the metric?" Jones asked. "When does the Congress have the testimony that someone will say, we have done all we can do? Bin Laden is dead. There are hundreds of tribes in Afghanistan and everyone has their own mission." Allen, the Marine who commands the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, had no ready answer.
"I wish I could tell you that this war was simple and that progress could easily be measured, but that's not the way of counterinsurgencies," he said. "They are fraught with both successes and setbacks which can exist in the same space and in the same time. But each must be seen in the larger context of the overall campaign. And I believe the campaign is on track."
The track has been obstructed of late with riots over the burning of Korans by U.S. forces, video of Marines urinating on the bodies of dead insurgents, and the recent massacre of 16 civilians, allegedly by at least one U.S. soldier, in Kandahar Province.
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