Administration officials are concerned that pressure from the left could drive the Afghanistan war effort off the rails early, Politico reports. Rising casualties, along with doubts about strategy and the recent election, are raising fears the White House could be denied a chance to show concrete progress in the country. President Obama’s “supporters on the Hill are fighting a really serious political battle to keep the criticism under control,” says an analyst.
The issue is fast gaining traction, and the White House is busy putting together “numerical indicators” to show progress on various civilian and military fronts. “We have to show the American people that all this effort, all these resources, all these lives are making a difference,” says a Pentagon spokesman. Adds a White House official: “We’re prepared to shift and adjust, depending on what we see work."