The way bureaucracies work, they are already drafting their assessments on Afghanistan for the scheduled December strategy review. One component of that review, of course, is U.S. public opinion. Already there are signs of the battle for it. A few days ago, Gen. Petraeus gave an interview to the Washington Post in Kabul in which he said that progress is faster than expected. Today, that paper carries a Washington-sourced story, apparently based largely on intelligence estimates, saying that coalition forces are having tactical successes but not strategic success against the Taliban.
Expect more of this in the coming weeks.