Thursday, September 14, 2006

Afghanistan falling apart

Not that that's news, but this article talks about it in more detail.

Afghan and NATO fear that Farah province, which borders Iran and is twice the size of Maryland, could become a Taliban sanctuary if military power isn't used to crush the militant threat quickly. Farah is a predominantly Pashtun area where people have ethnic links to the Taliban militia.

U.S.-led and NATO forces have been battling Taliban and allied militants this year in Afghanistan's worst spate of violence since the American-led invasion that toppled the hard-line regime in 2001 for harboring al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Worst violence since the invasion. It means that we didn't do our job right the first time. And the blame for that goes squarely to the Bush administration. So, Mr. President, when we lose control of Afghanistan to the Taliban again, what are we going to do, re-invade it? Somehow I don't see that happening while you've got us mired in Iraq. By the way, where's that "Mission Accomplished" sign now?

1 comment:

Xanthippas said...

So essentially we have Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other extremists running around free in Waziristan in Pakistan, and now an area IN Afghanistan that is quickly becoming a sanctuary as well. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we are on a path to losing Afghanistan, only it is on a longer arc than the current debacle in Iraq. We may not be able to fix Iraq, but we CAN fix Afghanistan, and it's past time to do so.