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New U.S. commander in Afghanistan says we're going on offense against the Taliban

In his first interview as commander, Gen. Scott Miller says the more aggressive posture was needed because of heavy casualties among Afghani forces.

When Gen. Scott Miller took over the war in Afghanistan on Sept. 2, Afghan soldiers were being killed and wounded at near record numbers.

He instituted a more aggressive policy of helping the Afghan military track and defeat the Taliban — what he calls "regaining the tactical initiative" — but in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Tuesday, his first since taking command of U.S. and coalition forces here, he also says he recognizes that the solution in Afghanistan will be political, not military.

"This is not going to be won militarily," Miller said. "This is going to a political solution."

"My assessment is the Taliban also realizes they cannot win militarily. So if you realize you can't win militarily at some point, fighting is just, people start asking why. So you do not necessarily wait us out, but I think now is the time to start working through the political piece of this conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but isn't this what the US has attempted to do in Afghanistan for the last 17 years, and in which it has failed, miserably to date?!?

I am having a Jean Luc Picard double face-palm, upon reading this.

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