Gates seeks to reassure allies over US role in Afghanistan"12 to 18 months"... that's somewhere in the neighborhood of 2-3 Friedman Units.
by Dan De Luce Dan De Luce, AFP
Thu Jun 11, 2009
BRUSSELS (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said he was out to reassure NATO allies over concerns about a possible "Americanization" of the war effort in Afghanistan.
Gates said other alliance members shared Washington's view that the international coalition needed to demonstrate progress in the war within 12 to 18 months.
Yes - "progress" is, by definition, always in the future...
BUT: when that elusive future is always 2-3 FUs away, it seems, well... nonsensical!