- U.S. Marine Corp General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, describing the pseudo shift in what has always been a militarized counter-terrorism strategy.
"The counterinsurgency strategy does not work in the Afghan context. Instead of a `clear-hold-build' strategy, it has — predictably — become a `clear and clear again' exercise. More of the same will only bring greater resentment among the population and greater stubbornness in the insurgency."
- Kai Eide, former U.N. envoy to Afghanistan