December 22, 2007

Afghanistan and what went wrong...

President Bush and the Republican Neo-Cons failed pretty miserably in Afghanistan. That we should have invaded goes without saying. That we lost what was a golden opportunity to really strike a crippling blow to international terrorism is well known. That they continue to fuck up is crystal clear. Now comes word that Gates has a new strategy.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will push NATO members meeting in Scotland today to provide more troops and equipment and reorganize the mission to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Rebel attacks have more than doubled in southern Afghanistan in the past year and NATO's international force is short of three infantry battalions, 20 helicopters and about 3,000 instructors to train the Afghan army and police, the Pentagon says.

``The numbers are not that big, which, frankly, is one of the sources of frustration for me in terms of our allies not being able to step up to the plate and meet these needs,'' Gates told the House Armed Services Committee in Washington this week. ``I am not ready to let NATO off the hook.''

And now we know, he new strategy is to BLAME SOMEONE ELSE. Way to go, Bob. Good to see that accountability is alive and well in Republican circles.

Posted by mcblogger at December 22, 2007 10:53 AM

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