But the real strategy appears to be for the United States to do most of the work itself — at least until the Pakistanis step up.
The admin goes to great effort to paint Afghanistan as manageable.
The CIA has definitely been saying that the shit is not going well in Afghanistan.
Not to mention what they must be saying about our slow-motion nightmare (not WikiL silly), Pakistan.
PS: I forgot to mention that WaPo had a whole series of pieces starting a week or so ago saying that things in Afghanistan can be handled. The narrative was carefully handled in Washington.