Star’s Tom McClanahan asks: ‘Will we know if Afghan mission succeeds?’

The Star:

My question was simple: “Can we win in Afghanistan?” But that only prompted another question: “How do you define victory?”

With that, any sense of clarity was a lost hope.

The question was directed at a roomful of mid-career military officers, all clad in gray-green camo. Most were Army, attending the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth. The school, known as SAMS, trains officers for high-level staff work.

I was one of a group of visitors last week that included another Star editorial writer, several of The Star’s Midwest Voices columnists and two members of the paper’s Readers Advisory Panel. Maj. Grant Martin, a SAMS student and Midwest Voices writer himself, arranged the discussion at the school.

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