As we reported here, U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan have risen dramatically in the last few months.

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Now, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has stated that U.S. casualties will remain at high levels for the foreseeable future. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, General McChrystal stated that the Taliban actually now has the upper hand in Afghanistan.

Taliban insurgents are now mounting attacks that are more sophisticated than ever before. They are attacking U.S. convoys with roadside bombs and then ambushing the survivors with gunfire. The strategy appears to be working with 12 U.S. deaths already this month, after a record number of U.S. casualties in July.

More U.S. troops may be sent to Afghanistan very soon because the war has not bee progressing as expected. McChrystal stated to the Wall Street Journal that he is considering requesting thousands of additional troops for the Afghanistan campaign.

As of right now, our Afghanistan campaign is not going very well. It has all the makings of a quagmire similar to the one that the Soviet Union faced in the eighties. Does Obama have the will to stay in Afghanistan for many years until the Taliban is tamed? Or will we be leaving in defeat?