December 9th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

In midst of Afghan review, Pentagon officials suddenly circumspect

It was a double-take, what-did-he-say moment at the Pentagon Wednesday morning when the official spokesman ducked a question about whether the U.S. military is making progress in Afghanistan.

Usually that would have been a slam-dunk for the military. Defense Department officials miss no opportunity to point out successes and highlight achievements in the war in Afghanistan - usually. But the latest, looming, soon-to-be released White House review of Afghanistan strategy is stifling such talk for now.

"I'm not one to judge," said Col. Dave Lapan about progress in Afghanistan, at the regular off-camera meeting in his Pentagon office. "There are lots of people who have been intimately involved in this process. I'm not one of them so I'm not going to give my idea."

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  1. aaMike

    It ?is intolerable.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |

    Every thing has certain limits. This is ninth year of lies which Bush had told to his nation before invasion of Afghanistan. This gentleman and many like him, especially the bigger one too spoke a lot of lies to justify spending of taxpayer money however actions proved louder then the words. Bill Gates in recent visit to Afghanistan too could not hide coming challenges on Afghan front. So fact is fact and nine years had been too long to say the truth.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    When all is said and done these Islamic extremists will be defeated and maybe not love the Lord Jesus but will be submissive to Him!

    December 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Patton

    I was wondering what happened to all that right-wing bravado. How old and corny it gets!!!

    December 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |

      You sure nailed it,George. Thank you. By the way,don't pay any attention to the creep who blogged the above. He's only trying to be funny as we all know that he's not!

      December 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Sorry USMC FOREVER,that was Phunnie boy who posted the above and not me!

        December 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |