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Hamid Karzai and NATO would like Afghan forces to take over the country's security by 2014, a goal Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell calls "aspirational," as in "There may very well be the need for forces to remain in-country  " (more jibber-jabber after the jump).

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The tens of thousands of classified military documents posted on the Internet Sunday confirm what critics of the war in Afghanistan already knew or suspected: We are wading deeper into a long-running, morally ambiguous conflict that has virtually no chance of ending well.We don't need WikiLeaks to know we are wading deeper into a long-running, morally ambiguous conflict that has virtually no chance of ending well.

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President Barack Obama met recently with the prime ministers of Canada and Britain, two NATO allies looking for a way out of Afghanistan even as the U.S. is talking escalation.

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The former vice president tells Politico that there is a "high probability" of a terrorist attack involving "a nuclear weapon or a biological agent of some kind" and that the current administration is "more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States ".

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Barack Obama is right to want to get out of Iraq, but his eagerness to do battle in the tribal hinterlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan will only lead to a quagmire of his own.

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