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A counter-insurgency force somewhere between 10 thousand and 80 thousand is what President Obama reportedly has chosen to go to Afghanistan. Truman Project CEO Rachel Kleinfeld says, "These are always difficult. Insurgencies are hard to win, but we've had a lot of success in the Phillipines and we've had a lot of success training other armies as well." However Georgetown University Security Scholar Paul Pillar disagrees saying, "the bigger our footprint, the more military operations with collateral damage."
Faced with stark losses among its foot-soldiers, al-Qaida is being presented with a sobering proposition - maybe it's time to give up.
Military leaders at Ft. Hood are beginning their investigation into the Nov. 5 massacre that killed 13 people. And observers want to know where Maj. Nidal Hasan was radicalized. National Security Correspondent J.J. Green speaks with Paul R. Pillar, former deputy chief of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, who says finding out where Hasan was radicalized is not the key question.