Adm. Mike Mullen (in photo), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote a commentary arguing that the United States can’t win in Afghanistan unless it wins the trust of the Afghan and Pakistani people. He argued that Abu Ghraib and civilian casualties have undermined that trust. But the Washington Post’s Planet War blog questioned whether the bigger issue is security: “The U.S. loses the battle of hearts and minds because it’s losing the battle, pure and simple, not because of civilian casualties. Is Mullen so isolated that he can’t see that?”
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