NBC and CBS examined the military situation. NBC's Tom Aspell discussed the morale of US troops at Camp Victory in the face of disaffection on the home front: "Many of them are from big military towns where they do not see much domestic opposition to the war." CBS' David Martin asserted that US troops can do nothing except "tamp down the violence at least for a while" pending a political settlement. NBC's Richard Engel observed that US military tactics belie their leaders' rhetoric: Gen David Petraeus says "there is no military solution" yet "that seems to be what the commanders continue to be focused on."
CBS' Allen Pizzey called the start of the fifth year of the war "well past" the date when Iraqi forces were supposed to take over their own security: "And so, four weary and bloodsoaked years on, the so-called Coalition of the Willing has become the Coalition of Those Who Are Stuck With It--American troops who cannot go home yet and Iraqi forces who have to learn to take their place."
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