Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, the No. 2 commandant in Afghanistan, said Tuesday that the United States and NATO could achieve incredible in the war even if Pakistan refused to shut down a lawless boundary refuge that militant use for staging attacks on forces across the boundary in Afghanistan.
In commentary that sought to make a virtue of a now-acknowledged reality, General Rodriguez, the NATO and American leader in charge of the day-to-day fighting in Afghanistan, said that while the United States stable to press Pakistan to root out the militants from their haven in the northwest tribal county of North Waziristan, the United States could still win militarily if the Pakistani Army did not act.
“That’s not a mission-stopper in my mind,” General Rodriguez told the media at a Pentagon session. He did not make available a designation of winning militarily.
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