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    There have been a lot of reports lately concerning the success of the increased tempo of allied operations in Afghanistan, including anecdotal evidence that the Talibanís ability to continue the war is crumbling. There is also anecdotal evidence the Taliban is stronger now than it was a couple years ago and is managing to replace its losses with new recruits. Whatís a guy to believe, huh?

    Now Congress has received briefings from the new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), and the news isnít very good. The results of the NIE were leaked to, and reported by, the Los Angeles Times. Apparently as a result of those briefings, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who is up for the House Armed Services Committee chairmanship next session, has said it may be time to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan and reduce the size of our footprint there. As Juan Cole observed in his column the other day, if Republican congressmen are beginning to call for withdrawal from Afghanistan, it will be very hard for President Obama to resist that pressure.




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    I'm no longer entirely convinced that we are clear about who we're fighting.

    I'm pretty sure I heard the President say today, ....".....we are going to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the Taliban."

    Followed later by the Secretary of State, who said, ".....we are going to disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al-Qaeda."

    They're not the same, and IMHO, Al-Qaeda have already been defeated in Afghanistan. The Taliban never will be."


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    "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."ó Bertrand Russell

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      It seems that defeating the Taliban would necessarily involve a level of government involvement , occupation and control in the border regions (both sides) that has never existed at anytime in the past. There is no government, western or regional that is able or willing to invest that level of commitment. Forging local alliances as we can see is at best a temporary measure subject to the shifting sands of immediate expediency.

      Perhaps the best that can be accomplished is to keep a local base of operations to allow for a quick response to eliminate any sizable or permanent Al-Qaeda terrorist infrastructure.

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