Top U.S. Defense Officials On Afghanistan: ‘Fundamentals Of Our Strategy Remain Sound’

The top civilian and uniformed Defense Department officials — Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey — are sticking with the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. They “believe we have achieved significant progress in reversing the Taliban’s momentum and in developing the Afghan security forces, and they believe that the fundamentals of our strategy remain sound,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. The news comes amid ongoing protests in Afghanistan that led to shooting deaths of U.S. military officials there, and resulting jitters about the U.S.-led war. The U.S. plans on handing over full power to the Afghan government at the end of 2014. (HT: Josh Rogin)