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Kinder, gentler war? 

The country's war on terrorism continues to produce startling concepts and turns of phrase. A case in point: "Winning the Peace in Afghanistan," the headline on a recent press release from the Association of the U.S. Army and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The release describes the formation of The Commission on Post-Conflict Resolution, which has been charged with assisting "societies emerging from violent conflict." The bipartisan commission--which met for the first time last week--is made up of lawmakers (including North Carolina's ubiquitous senator, John Edwards), former military leaders, foundation and nonprofit heads and other policy experts.

"We just can't say, 'We did the military, so we're out of here,'" commission member Frank Wolf, a Republican House member from Virginia, is quoted as saying. "We must do whatever is necessary to defeat terrorism, which means the United States has a responsibility to stay active and involved." (Does anyone remember "nation building"?)

The commission's final report is due out in the fall.


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