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Is success possible in Afghanistan?

The firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal this week capped a string of pessimistic dispatches from Afghanistan — from a spike in casualties to reports that the offensive in Marja is not going well. The counterinsurgency strategy recommended by McChrystal and supported still by President Obama remains controversial. In this, the ninth year of what has become America’s longest war ever, can we say we’re any closer to success?

In this extended web interview, Need to Know’s Alison Stewart talks to Andrew Bacevich, a professor of history at Boston University and a retired army colonel, about President Obama’s strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan. Bacevich served 23 years in the Army, some of them in Vietnam. His latest book is “Washington Rules: American’s Path to Permanent War.”