Alas, this was forwarded to me & I don't know who to give credit to...
*Nov 20, 2012: Panetta: We are at a turning point after 10 years of war -- over 10 years of war.
*Sep 27, 2012: Panetta: We did turn a very important corner.
17, 2012: Panetta: Let me just say a few things. As I've said before, I
think we're at a turning point, certainly after 10 years of war,
*June 7, 2012: Panetta: We are, as I said, at a turning point after 10 years of war.
3, 2012: Panetta: 2011 was really a turning point. In 2011 the Taliban
was weakened significantly. They couldn’t organize the kind of attacks
to regain territory that they had lost, which is something they have
done in the past. So they’ve been weakened.
* April 18, 2012:
Panetta: As I've said, 2011 was a real turning point. It was the first
time in five years that we saw a drop in the number of enemy attacks.
* April 17, 2012: Panetta: NATO at ‘Pivotal Point’ in Afghan Mission
December 14, 2011: Panetta was less than 34 miles from the Pakistan
border when he told U.S. troops they have reached a turning point in the
* April 21, 2011: Gates: " I think it’s possible that by the
end of this year we will have turned a corner just because of the
Taliban being driven out, and, more importantly, kept out."
15, 2011: "FOB DELHI: International troops in Afghanistan face the
prospect of a spring offensive by the Taliban every year – but this time
the US-led alliance believes it could mark a real turning point in its
* February 20, 2010: “Western officials believe that a
turning point has been reached in the war against the Taliban, with a
series of breakthroughs suggesting that the insurgents are on the back
foot for the first time since their resurgence four years ago.”
August 31, 2009: “Monday marks the end of August, a month with both good
and bad news out of Afghanistan — and the approach of a key turning
* February 6, 2008: “But the ties that bind NATO are fraying
badly – and publicly – over just how much each member state wants to
commit to turning Afghanistan around. ‘It’s starting to get to a turning
point about what is this alliance about,’ says Michael Williams,
director of the transatlantic program at the Royal United Services
Institute in London.”
* July 23, 2007: “Taken together these may reflect a turning point in how the war in Afghanistan is to be waged.”
September 12, 2006: “The Afghan front is at a critical turning point
that imperils many of the hard-fought successes of the early phase of
the conflict and the prospects for snaring bin Laden.”
22, 2005: “Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s foreign minister, called the
recent parliamentary elections ‘a major turning point‘ on his country’s
path to democracy.”
* January 27, 2004: “A statement from U.S.
ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad called the enactment of the constitution a
‘turning point for the Afghan nation.’”
* February 26, 2003: “The
growing aggressiveness by guerrillas is a relief for US forces, who
greet the possibility of a real engagement with the Taliban as a
possible turning point in the war. ‘We want them to attack us, so we can
engage them and destroy them,’ says one Special Forces soldier from the
US firebase at Spin Boldak, who took part in the initial firefight that
led to Operation Mongoose.
* December 2, 2002: “But in ‘Bush at War’
there’s a glaring omission. Woodward misses the turning point in the
war in Afghanistan against the Taliban and al Qaeda forces. It’s as
though the most important scene had been left out of a movie, say, where
Clark Kent turns into Superman.”