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Can an Assassination Campaign Turn the Tide in Afghanistan?

• Time magazine

The Obama Administrations new military strategy in Afghanistan may be a sign of desperation — a Hail Mary pass — but it may just work. The President's counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan describes it as giving up the 'hammer' for the 'scalpel.' The military, as we know from classified military documents put on the Internet by WikiLeaks last month, prefers the term 'kinetic strike'. I've heard the Pentagon use the term 'eliminating command nodes'. But I'll go ahead and call it by its everyday name: assassination.

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