- What do we believe must be accomplished in the next 18 months?
- What risks are we accepting in the next 18 months and how can we mitigate them?
- How will we convince the Pakistanis that their interests lie with us?
- How will we measure progress over time?
During the hearing, Gen. Stanley McChrystal told the committee he believes the Taliban could be "rolled back." When asked directly by Skelton about the chances of success, McChrystal responded, "I believe we will absolutely be successful."