Whaa-a-a? Have these guys been re-reading 1984, or what?
Petraeus' doublespeakin' man in Afghanistan is about to shield Afghans from violence which is how the US will tell when we've 'won' the war.
"It's not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true." Henry Kissinger
All this reminds me of the natal chart of Henry Kissinger, born May 27, 1923, 5:30 am (-1:00), Furth, Germany (rated AA), whose Airy Sun Gem-Moon Libra - communicator of 'peace' - aided him with this little nugget of overarching wisdom mined from his war experiences...
"Henceforth the adequacy of any military establishment will be judged by its ability to keep the peace."
No matter how many bombs it takes.