- "I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it
invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to
MacArthur," - President Barack Obama
- Secretary Defense Gates visits Iraq and talks about an even quicker exit for American forces.
- Meanwhile in Afghanistan, US and UK are trying to talk to the Taliban.
- Also in Afghanistan, the US is abandoning the effort to destroy the opium crop and instead are hoping to buy off the farmers.
With Obama I am reminded of a Civil War General who had a bad habit of getting troops killed and losing battles. "He has a knack of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."