America's involvement in
Right now, Afghan officials are reviling their Pakistani counterparts.
Meantime, Afghan Taliban leaders are trying to talk nice. Oh, we're happy to let girls go to school, they are cooing through thin smiles. Just let us back into the government. At the same time, their fighters opened fire on an unarmed roadwork crew, massacring 36 workers and wounding 20 others.
Pakistani soldiers fired on a U.S. military helicopter flying along the Pakistan-Afghan border. But the government did display a small flash of grace. It gave the U.S. permission to haul away the ruined tail of the helicopter that crashed just outside
Think back to previous conflicts. Even the decisions behind the Vietnam War, one of the most traumatic events in American history, seem relatively simple by comparison. Now we are dealing with two nations led by perfidious, double-dealing scoundrels who take pleasure in disparaging us.
In a chorus over the last few days, President
Most analysts believe bin Laden left the tribal areas of
Does it make any sense to believe that bin Laden would pull out all by himself, leaving behind his key aides and allies, like Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader? Of course not. Sooner or later we will learn that a half-dozen of them, at least, are hiding in full sight inside
One frequent Afghan observation is well-taken, that all of the al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders of note are in
But now Pakistani leaders are insulting and reviling the U.S., and senior members of
"It's a hard sell to the American people."
And then, of course, the Afghan war was begun and continues in order to deprive al-Qaeda of a home there once again. Well, if the U.S. pulled out and al-Qaeda returned, they'd be doing the U.S. military a great favor. We've been trying to get at them in North Waziristan for a decade now with limited success at best. Move back to
This summer, President Obama is going to announce the first troop withdrawals from
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