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The Afghan people seem to be getting tired of the Taliban:
Another annoyance was the large number of the Taliban fighters who were from far away, mainly Pakistan. Al Qaeda also sent in some Arabs and Central Asians, and these guys were not very popular either. By the end of 2006, the Taliban tactics has terrorized many Afghans into compliance. But many others were actively resisting the Taliban, and providing information to NATO and Afghan troops. Over the Winter, the Taliban have continued to take a beating. This means the Taliban appear ready to enter this years Spring Offensive tagged as a bunch of vicious losers. The Taliban tactics have been more successful in generating fear, than recruits. Even across the border in Pakistan, it's getting difficult to get smart young fellows to sign up. Those guys with half a brain noted that most of those who went off to fight last year, either didn't come back, or came back wounded or ill.Posted by Rand Simberg at January 24, 2007 09:42 AM
strategy page has consistently claimed we are winning,
It's an interesting set of claims in this article, but,
unsourced, unverifiable, wow, if this was the AP, Simberg
"unsourced, unverifiable, wow"
Anonymous himself summed up in three words.Posted by A Little Bird at January 24, 2007 11:00 AM
Okay... But if the message is "the Afghans are getting tired of the Taliban" isn't that a little odd coming five years after the Taliban were overtossed? At this rate, when will the Taliban finally be gone? 2020?Posted by Tom Wintour at January 24, 2007 11:53 AM
I'm surprised there are any Afghans left. Shouldn't the "brutal Afghan winter" have killed off all of them by now?Posted by Lurking Observer at January 24, 2007 12:10 PM
I'm going to have to agree with Mr Anonymous Coward. Where are the sources?Posted by Adrasteia at January 24, 2007 08:34 PM
Tom has a better point. I thought we had already defeated the Taliban.
Now we are to take comfort because they are disliked?Posted by at January 24, 2007 09:31 PM
It must be frustrating to the Bush-Neocon noise machine
Much as the same propoganda that worked so well in
Tom has a better point. I thought we had already defeated the Taliban.
We defeated them in the sense that we removed them from power. We didn't eliminate them, and they've continue to wage a guerrilla war.
Now we are to take comfort because they are disliked?
Yes, because it gets increasingly hard to wage a guerrilla war when you're disliked. As the article notes, the locals are turning them in.Posted by Rand Simberg at January 25, 2007 04:32 AM
I'm surprised there are any Afghans left. Shouldn't the "brutal Afghan winter" have killed off all of them by now?
LOLPosted by McGehee at January 25, 2007 06:14 AM
"Yes, because it gets increasingly hard to wage a guerrilla war when you're disliked. As the article notes, the locals are turning them in."
As Mao put it:
"The people are like water and the army is like fish"
And the Taliban are peeing in the pool.Posted by Mike Puckett at January 25, 2007 06:51 AM
Much as the same propoganda that worked so well in
anon, how you do rave so. But to compare, once again, GWB to Hitler is hackneyed, like most of the rest of your comments. Not to mention that the Nazis carried out a systematic policy of eliminating the mentally feeble. So your being here proves GWB is not a Nazi.Posted by Steve at January 25, 2007 08:58 AM
anonymous, I get the feeling that underneath your commentary about the situation in Afghanistan is the unstated belief that we should never have gone into Afghanistan. If so, you are an idiot who does not defend the innocent. Those innocent Americans who died on 9/11 had done nothing to deserve their fate or the fate of thousands of their loved ones who mourn. Whatever the lead up to what happened, there is never a justification for the slaughter of innocents.
The war in Afghansitan was JUST. It was not a war of pre-emption. By every measure of justice including the opinion of the Vatican, it was JUST. You may have issues with the war in Iraq, a war of choice, where it is quite possible for me to agree with you. But if you think we should have sat around on our arses after 9/11 you are not defending the innocent. If you really think that, then you should go to Afghanistan, lie on your stomach and offer your own arse to the Taliban; some of them may even use it.
If not, and you do agree that the war in Afghanistan was JUST, come up with constructive criticism that can lead that nation to a democracy, not a return to barbarism.Posted by Toast_n_Tea at January 25, 2007 04:53 PM
How I would have done the Afghan campaign.
1) Don't be in rush to invade, really try and use the ICC
2) Don't invade on the cheap. Tie up with the Indians,
3) Recognize that The Afghans like barbarism.
4) Do not go with the idea of overturning the Taliban
You aren't going to bring the afghans into the
The phillippines took decades to evolve to democracy,
Truman oversaw it.
What we did in afghanistan was a left handed overthrow
Our NATO partners are now on the spear point
"instead work to cut deals with the taliban to send
That is the most idiotic thing I ever heard. So, the Taliban is going to purge its ranks of Al Qaeda and hand them over to the US if we help them with "indigenous methane production," give them palaces, and replace their madrassas with british schools and teach them english and - LAW -? How does that reconcile with Taliban views on Sharia? Or how about the idea that one only needs to memorize the Koran to learn all one has to know? Or how about the absurdity of a theocracy shutting down religious schools in favor of secular ones that teaches english and LAW?
Anonymous, there is a reason why you are not in charge.
Oh, and when was the US in charge of Indonesia?Posted by rob at January 25, 2007 06:27 PM
frankly we had a real problem with Al-Qaeda, but
We may not have liked their values, but, it's
You may think it's a great idea to invade afghanistan
Any option short of invasion is always a better idea.Posted by anonymous at January 25, 2007 10:12 PM
anonymous -- Your proposed Afghan policy is close to what I would have expected from Al Gore had he been president in 2001.
The Bush policy ejected the Taliban and Al Queda from Afghanistan in record time and with minimal cost, gained Pakistani cooperation and avoided stirring up the Afghani people to wage Jihad against foreign occupation.
Your inane plan would have utterly failed. Your suggestion to give the Taliban more time is laughable. It would only have given Al Queda more time to prepare another strike at America. But that's not the worst! Using Indian forces to invade Afghanistan would have placed America at war with Pakistan, and Pakistan not only is the 6th most populous nation in the world, Pakistan also has nuclear weapons. Then assuming you managed to reach Afghanistan after the carnage of Pakistan, your mighty occupying force would have to contend with an Afghan population which would have rallied to the side of the Taliban and engaged us in another famous Afghan fight against occupation.
Congratulations anonymous, you've managed to make the Russian campaign in Afghanistan look like the pinnacle of perfection in comparison with your plans.
Thank God Gore wasn't President in 2001!
by the way, nice slam you made on President Karzai and the elected parliment of Afghanistan, 'criminal war lords of our choosing', nice -real nice. Have you no shame?Posted by Brad at January 26, 2007 02:11 AM
the Taliban, were the lawful government of Afghanistan.
No, they weren't, Anonymous Moron. No one recognized them except the Saudis.Posted by Rand Simberg at January 26, 2007 05:41 AM
you left off the UN.
Considering, D Dub, went around texas with their
He's right, Rand. You left off the UN as one of the groups that did not recognize the Taliban.
But I'm sure if anonymoron had done the asking, the Taliban, the officially recognized government of Afghanistan in his world would have complied.Posted by Lurking Observer at January 26, 2007 08:36 AM
Al Gore was right in 2000 on most issues, If you support a drunken
But, Gore wouldn't have been on vacation when the
Anonymoron neatly sidesteps the point that his plan was already being tried by the UN/US in the 1990s and failed.
And, of course, the simple point-of-fact: The UN never recognized the Taliban as the proper government of Afghanistan.
But, hey, who is anyone to differ with his assessment of what Al Gore might have done?
Given a choice between a drunken buffoon (Dubya) and a delusional twit (anonymoron), however, I'll take the drunken buffoon any day.Posted by Lurking Observer at January 26, 2007 11:56 AM
Wow it is good to see anon actually show what he supports so that it can be dissected.
Taliban a popular government? I guess that is why 1/3 the population of Afganistan were refugees in other countries.
Indian divisions? Geez Louise!! Talk about stoking a regional war!
The rest has been addressed by others. So add delusional to his traits.Posted by Dennis Ray Wingo at January 26, 2007 01:03 PM
I notice your concerns about stoking war in afghanistan
Sure, getting the Indians involved in Afghanistan
We give the Pakistani's billions and what do we get
I'm sorry, giving the Pak billions in the vague hope
'But, Gore wouldn't have been on vacation when the
Anonymous is right - that memo concerned a dangerous foreign national who was inclined to attack our country, and Bush should really have done something about that immediately. I mean, how would well-meaning people react if, say, the president of Iran said Israel and the United States should be wiped off the map, and we didn't do anything about it?
All sarcasm aside, he does have a point (elaborated upon by many Indian friends of mine) that Pakistan is by no means our friend. However, I haven't heard from either anonymous or anyone else in the world a sensible way to deal with that fact.Posted by P. Aeneas at January 26, 2007 06:52 PM
you support your friends not your enemies,
so i would cutoff the pak immediatelyPosted by anonymous at January 27, 2007 11:13 AM
Before or after the UN recognizes them, Anonymoron?Posted by Lurking Observer at January 27, 2007 11:44 AM
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