As recently as a year ago, American politicians and military types liked to say of Iraq that it was "still winnable." It's now obvious that still winnable has a greater meaning - it means "we're struggling" or even losing. Still winnable means there is an immediate need to turn things around or else.
America's ambassador to Kabul, Ronald Neumann, seemed to give that message today when he urged the Karzai government to take advantage of the expected winter lull in fighting to clean up its act:
“Next year is likely to be just as bloody as this year, but the fight is still winnable,” he said.
“We have a window of opportunity to improve governance before the Taliban regroup for their spring offensive.”