President Barack Obama’s national security adviser says Afghanistan is not in imminent danger of falling to the Taliban.
But James Jones says the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai must do a lot better and give hope to the people of Afghanistan.
Mr. Jones says the Karzai government must achieve progress on economic development and must show it can govern without corruption and follow the rule of law.
He says the Karzai government does have a chance of pulling it out -- and that it will take a strong effort by the U.S. to help train the Afghan army and police.
Mr. Obama is now considering a range of ideas for changing course in Afghanistan. Options include pulling back, staying put and sending thousands more troops to fight the insurgency.
Mr. Jones spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union.”