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Asia: South & Central The PR challenge in Afghanistan: suicide bombing, Quran burning, and murky data

The US and NATO continue to offer relentlessly optimistic reports. But they aren’t reversing the erosion of public confidence, and attacks like today's suicide bombing don't help.

Allauddin Khan/AP

No matter what the week in the 10-year Afghanistan war, the story out of NATO is always the same: relentlessly optimistic.

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