"The American people need to know we are not still going to be fighting this fight 15 years from now."
- ROBERT GATES,Secretary of Defense, on the U.S.-led Afghanistan war, after making a surprise visit to the country
"We can succeed militarily, but it's not going to work. That's just a fact."
- ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN,chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saying the new Afghanistan war strategy in Kandahar will not succeed unless Afghan President Hamid Karzai does more to end corruption
"The President is going to make a decision — popular or unpopular — based on what he thinks is in the best interests of the country."
- ROBERT GIBBS,White House press secretary, as President Obama gathers his national security team on the eight-year anniversary of the Afghanistan war to decide how to proceed
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