The Taliban is Back

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So much for those “Mission Accomplished” and “Victory” speeches.
Things are tilting very bad directions in Afghanistan.

— Steve Clemons

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23 comments on “The Taliban is Back

  1. Dantonj says:

    We aren’t losing in Afghanistan because the American people have given up. We are losing because this administration has decided to “cut-and-run” from Afghanistan.
    The American people support this war. The American people want to make sure Afghanistan can no longer be used as a base to launch another 9/11 attack.
    By screwing up the war in Afghanistan, this adminstration has proven they do not take the war on terrorism seriously.

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  2. pauline says:

    Isn’t it true that Afghanistan is producing more opium than in the past, regardless of what the bushwacking, bushliars claim?
    http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0513/p01s04-wosc.html?s=spworld

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  3. pauline says:

    Isn’t it true that Afghanistan is producing more opium than in the past, regardless of what the bushwacking, bushliars claim?
    http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2004/11/18/opium041118.html
    http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0513/p01s04-wosc.html?s=spworld

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  4. steve duncan says:

    Even the British have caught the Friedman bug:
    By FISNIK ABRASHI
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan warned on Sunday that a majority of Afghans would likely switch their allegiance to resurgent Taliban militants if their lives show no visible improvements in the next six months.
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    Dubya is going to have to nuke somebody in one or two Friedman’s just to keep his nose above water. If you’re going to be a genocidal sociopath you might as well hit one out of the park.

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  5. Voulez Vous says:

    I can’t catch a break. Mah job as Prezdent is to protect Amerkuns but it’s hard work. Cuz prezidentin’ is hard work. Ya gots to deal with unsertunties like this her’:
    “It was unclear whether the North Korean advance was intended as a provocation, or was rather an attempt to go fishing at a nearby stream, an official at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on condition of anonymity, citing official policy.”
    I mean, are those Koreans going nukular or is they jus’ fishin’? Cuz if they’re fishin’ hell, I can invite ’em to mah ranch in Texas, we’ll hunker down on the river and I’ll make ’em mah Texas home boys! Cuz prezidentin’ is hard work but sometimes it ain’t so bad.

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  6. liz says:

    Republicans HATE America! Republicans killed America and now we are at the viewing.

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  7. ET says:

    Mother of two and journalist, Politkovskaya, to publish expose on Chechnya torture on Monday, was murdered Saturday:
    The attack was the highest-profile killing of a journalist in Russia since July 2004, when Paul Klebnikov, an American editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, was gunned down outside his office.
    Twelve journalists have been killed since Mr. Putin came to power in 2000, and most of the cases remain unsolved…
    Politkovskaya was shot twice, once in the head, and the weapon thrown at her feet, said Vitaly Yaroshevsky, the deputy editor in chief of Novaya Gazeta. Police have a surveillance tape of the street, and authorities described the attack as a contract killing.
    http://tinyurl.com/gnwpv

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  8. Kathleen says:

    Judging by their results, I’d say the GOP is the party of “aiding and abetting” terrorism.

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  9. Marky says:

    Many conservative Republicans were huge fans of both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein at one time.
    Frist, Rohrbacher and others are probably very anxious for their friends to return to power and restore stability to the region.

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  10. steambomb says:

    I predicted this two years ago. We now find ourselves in the same position russia was in. I am soooo damn tired of being right. Somebody get this fool out of the Whitehouse. Americans cant take anymore!

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  11. ET says:

    Memo
    To: The Deceiver in Chief
    Re: Torture is as Torture Does
    Quo Vadis?
    Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on Saturday at her apartment block in central Moscow, police said. “According to initial information she was killed by two shots when leaving the lift. Neighbors found her body,” a police source told Reuters. Police found a pistol and four rounds in the lift.
    Politkovskaya, a 48-year-old mother of two, won international fame and numerous prizes for her dogged pursuit of rights abuses by Putin’s government, particularly in the violent southern province of Chechnya.
    “The first thing that comes to mind is that Anna was killed for her professional activities. We don’t see any other motive for this terrible crime,” said Vitaly Yaroshevsky, a deputy editor of the newspaper where Politkovskaya worked.
    Moscow chief prosecutor Yuri Syomin told reporters at the crime scene, a nine-story Soviet-era apartment building in central Moscow, that he was treating the death as murder.
    Paramedics took Politkovskaya’s body, wrapped in a white sheet, out of the building and put it into an ambulance. A middle-aged woman laid flowers at the doors of the building and stood with her head against the wall, crying.
    Politkovskaya’s silver Lada, filled with supermarket shopping bags, was parked outside the apartment block.
    Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, a shareholder in Politkovskaya’s newspaper Novaya Gazeta, called the killing a “savage crime.” “It is a blow to the entire democratic, independent press,” Gorbachev told Interfax news agency. “It is a grave crime against the country, against all of us.”
    In the days before her death, Politkovskaya had been working on a story about torture in Chechnya, which was expected to be published on Monday, her newspaper said.
    http://tinyurl.com/ezbh3

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  12. Pissed Off American says:

    Dear America,
    This coming November, you have one last chance to prove me right in saying that there IS a
    difference between “America,” “Americans”
    and “American politicians.”
    Kick them out, clean up their mess,investigate their actions and prosecute when justified.
    Posted by Doug H
    Well, OK, but we’ll have to ask Diebold’s permission first.

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  13. Pissed Off American says:

    Donald Rumsfeld, farting……
    “Building a new nation is never a straight, steady climb upward,” he wrote. “Today can sometimes look worse than yesterday — or even two months ago. What matters is the overall trajectory.”

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  14. Doug H says:

    Dear America,
    This coming November, you have one last chance to prove me right in saying that there IS a
    difference between “America,” “Americans”
    and “American politicians.”
    Kick them out, clean up their mess,investigate their actions and prosecute when justified.

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  15. ET says:

    Mother, Mother,
    there’s too many of you crying
    Brother, Brother, Brother,
    there’s far too many of you dying
    You know we’ve got to find a way
    To bring some love in here today,
    Father, father,
    we don’t need to escalate
    You see, war is not the answer,
    for only love can conquer hate
    You know we’ve got to find a way
    To bring some love in here today.
    Talk to me …
    you know we’ve got to find a way
    to bring some understanding here today
    Come on, talk to me …
    What’s goin’ on?
    Brother Marvin

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  16. Carroll says:

    Dear Bushie, USA,
    Re: Afghanistan
    Heheheheheheheheh.
    Your friend,
    Pootie, USSR
    cc:
    OBL

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  17. memekiller says:

    Under the theory that Bush is a Manchurian Candidate, I always assumed we went to Iraq because Afghanistan was on the brink of success, and we need to create a quagmire in which to mire our troops and give future Al Qaeda on-the-job training. Turns out, even after firing Tenet and the others who succeeded routing the Taliban, and promoting the ones who didn’t want to waste time there, Bush screwed this one up, too. So, even if Bush purposely set out to give Bin Laden his much wanted quagmire, Iraq was totally unneccessary.

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  18. Linda says:

    If this administration actually understood Afghanistan, it knew very well that there always were before the Soviets and after, a lot of local militias as well as some ethnic divisions among various groups. And they should have known as Khalilzad is an Afghan expert and Afghan-American though he came to U.S. as a young man. He and Karzai were busy in the late 1990s working as consultants to Unocal about getting pipelines across Afghanistan from former Soviet republics, etc. and were negotiating with the Taliban. Securing Kabul is not the same as securing all of Afghanistan, and Kabul is the only place that ever really was secure. It just wasn’t as obvious as Afghanistan has fewer people and is so much more rural than Iraq. Security requires adequate numbers of our troops that we never had in Afghanistan, then moved to Iraq, and now don’t have enough anywhere. So the entire Bush DOD, State, and NSC team has failed miserably. They all ignored facts that they should have known or taken into consideration, ignored more moderate and wiser experts, and arrogantly kept moving the U.S. toward a cliff.

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  19. karenk says:

    So much for 9/11 being a strategic disaster for Al Qaeda. The experts simply haven’t given it enough time before making that judgement. Bin Laden was a man with a plan. He killed Massoud to gain protection from the Taliban because after 9/11 he knew we would respond, much as he liked to goad us by calling us a paper tiger. He had a fortified place to run to(Tora Bora), an escape route out(mountain pass into Pakistan) and a place to go to hide(again tribal area in/on border of Pakistan). Once there, all he had to do was hunker down, wait and hope for George Bush to play right into his hands by invading a MUslim country that didn’t do anything to the US. What luck! All went according to plan, or perhaps even better. Now he’s got a jihadi training ground in Iraq, lots of new recruits who are pissed about Iraq, the US split fighting wars in 2 countries, Al Qaeda regrouping and rearming in Afghanistan(plus learning a trick or two about insurgency from Al Qaeda in Iraq), a world wide web of a fishing ground to spread the word and gather ever more recruits. Even better the Algerian Salafist group(for preaching and Killing, or something like that) has now pledged their allegiance to Al Qaeda as well.(expect something to blow up in France any time now…)
    So yeah, maybe he lost a few fans right after 9/11 and the US broke up a lot of his original gang,but Bin Laden has gained all this and it’s only been 5 years!!! They think in terms of 50 years down the road. I’m afraid to do that…

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  20. memekiller says:

    Clearly, this is a sign of desperation. The Taliban are in their last throes. They hate us for our freedom! Making Democracy’s hard work. We’re making progress transforming the Middle East.
    It’s Clinton’s fault for not taking personal responsibility. How long did the Democrats know about this Taliban resurgence?

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  21. Jay C says:

    You are quite right, Steve – the situation is Afghanistan is pretty shaky right now, getting worse by the day, looks to be devolving into another civil-war situation: and the Adminstration (and the media, all but a few reporters and bloggers) seem oblivious to the facts. And for a kicker, the biggest problem in the region is that a supposed US “ally” (Musharraf) has basically ceded control of his border regions to a hostile insurgency which is using it as a base to attack another of our “allies” (Karzai). And neither our civilian or miltary authorities seem all that concerned.
    Ain’t it grand to have a “serious” Administration in charge of our foreign policy? [/snark]

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  22. Nicholas weaver says:

    Don’t you understand? Dubya wants his place in the history books, to be remembered forever as a significant president.
    At this point, his goal seems to be “Only President to ever lose TWO major wars”.

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  23. Pissed Off American says:

    You musta missed Rummie’s comments about Afghanistan yesterday, Steve. See, you keep forgettin’ this is Bushworld. Everything’s just peachy keen in Afghanistan Steve, stop your worryin’.

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