The White House likes to present its strategy for Afghanistan as a new beginning, akin to hitting the reset button. But nine years after the U.S. first invaded the country, there's a lack of hope and trust among many Afghans that this new approach to the conflict will produce any better results. It's no wonder there's little faith. Over the years, the U.S. has lacked a coherent policy, and the Taliban has increased in size and power. There's a widespread belief that the U.S. lost focus when it invaded Iraq, despite the pleas of some American commanders and ambassadors for more resources and support. The new strategy -- which calls for both a civilian and a military surge -- may finally represent a full U.S. commitment, but the challenges are that much greater.
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