In Afghanistan’s south, signs of progress in three districts signal a shift
If this isn't a good enough tell:
“We start this year in a very different place from last year,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top coalition commander in Afghanistan, said in a recent interview.Then this seals the deal:
Petraeus has not provided his withdrawal recommendation to Obama. The four-star general said the progress across southern Afghanistan remains “fragile and reversible,” although he also has made it clear to his subordinates that he thinks it can be cemented with enough time and military pressure.
Intercepted Taliban communications suggest insurgent commanders are increasingly demoralized, according to military intelligence officers.The SMC maxim isn't something to be fucked with. Apparently they think most readers cannot imagine what would happen to above ref'd "military intelligence officers" [plural] if they had - without authorization - discussed this type of intel product with a reporter (even from WaPo).
And if intercepts really were showing this, it would be operationally imprudent in the extreme to advertise same.
Since the bullshittery meter has registered a positive, the baby must be thrown out with the bathwater.
Too bad, and it would have been such an uplifting story.