Sunday, June 18, 2006

where is our victory in afghanistan?

Remember Afghanistan? Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban (unlike Iraq) sheltering camps full of terrorists that planned and conducted attacks against the USA? I strongly supported de facto President Bush's decision to go into Afghanistan after 9/11, and we took Kabul pretty quickly.

So it may be disconcerting that, nearly five years later, we have to launch airstrikes and counteroffensives because the Taliban isn't quite defeated yet. Oh, and Bin Laden? Still at large.

Do ya think that the fact that we didn't send adequate troops into Afghanistan because the Bushies were already planning their war of choice against Iraq might have been a factor? If we hadn't begun to focus on Iraq we could have had the extra troops to capture Bin Laden at Tora Bora and to have completed the rout of the Taliban. Instead, we are actually conducting more air strikes in Afghanistan nowadays than in Iraq.

Victory in Afghanistan? Too early to tell.