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Civilian Casualties Prove That Military Policies Are Failing in Afghanistan

The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is failing if measured by the standards proposed by General Stanley McChrystal during his confirmation hearings in June 2009.
 
 
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The United Nation’s latest report on civilian deaths in the Afghanistan war shows that the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is failing if measured by the standards proposed by General Stanley McChrystal during his confirmation hearings in June 2009.

McChrystal laid out a very clear measure for American success in Afghanistan during his confirmation hearing:

“American success in Afghanistan should be measured by ‘the number of Afghans shielded from violence,’ not the number of enemy fighters killed, he said.”

The UN report shows that 2009 was the deadliest year so far of the Afghanistan war for civilians.

Learn more about the Afghanistan war.

Derrick Crowe is a political associate at Brave New Foundation working on the Rethink Afghanistan campaign. He is a 5-year veteran of Capitol Hill and a trained Creating a Culture of Peace facilitator.