Before the Pentagon's top man in Afghanistan trashed the commander-in-chief to the magazine that once put Jane Fonda on its cover, the Pentagon released its own official progress report on Afghanistan in April. Four maps in the 151-page report caught my attention:
-- The first one shows insurgent areas of operation in Afghanistan. The purple is the Taliban and the small circles show Al Qaeda concentration.
-- The next one shows areas of opium cultivation. Perhaps not coincidentally, Taliban-controlled areas cultivate very high levels of opium.
-- The third one displays the population's attitude toward the government in 121 key districts. However, Ann Marlowe noted on the National Review's website that the "key" districts don't include ones that "American officers have described to me as so dangerous that it would take a company-level operation to move 20 kilometers."
-- And the last one illustrates where the government has authority. Green is "full authority," while red is "non-existent."
The full report is available in PDF here: "Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan."