Via USA Today comes this summary of Vice President Joe Biden's appearance on yesterday's Face the Nation:
"The bottom line here is, we've inherited a real mess," he said. "We're about to go in and try to essentially reclaim territory that's been effectively lost….There are going to be some additional military forces. There are going to be additional efforts to train their police and to train their Afghan army. And all of that means we're going to be engaging the enemy more now." Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer asked if there will be more U.S. casualties. "I hate so say it, but yes, I think there will be," Biden answered. "There will be an up-tick."