Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Victory Celebrations at Home as America Ponders Next Move

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Victory Celebrations at Home as America Ponders Next Move

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Byline: JAMES LANGTON

AS Americans sit down to Thanksgiving dinner today they will raise a glass to what is seen by the US people as a complete triumph in Afghanistan.

Despite early warnings from Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the United States should prepare for a long and possibly bloody ground war, the fighting in Afghanistan has so far been as bloodless for America as previous campaigns in Kosovo and over Serbia. Not a single American soldier has so far been lost in combat.

The result is seen as a political triumph for President Bush and his team.

Even two weeks ago, critics at home voiced concerns that the war was going nowhere.

Suddenly, the Northern Alliance is in Kabul.

Commentator William Safire noted in the New York Times: "That the war-damaged Pentagon has every right to be proud." American military operations in Afghanistan are seen in terms of retribution. At the same time, there seems little interest among the US public in a policy of bringing stability to the region. …

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