Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Bill Frist: Cut and run in Afghanistan?

AP reported on Monday:

"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said yesterday that the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas could never be won militarily and urged support for efforts to bring 'people who call themselves Taliban' and their allies into the government. . .There appears to be an 'unlimited flow' of Afghans and foreigners 'willing to pick up arms and integrate themselves with the Taliban,' he said. . . 'Approaching counterinsurgency by winning hearts and minds will ultimately be the answer,' Frist said. 'Military vs. insurgency one-to-one doesn't sound like it can be won. It sounds to me. . . that the Taliban is everywhere."

To me, this is just astounding. Bill Frist, W.'s lapdog in the Senate, is saying the war against the Talibs -- and by extention al-Qaeda -- can't be won? He wants to integrate them into Afghanistan's government? As I remember, they were the government a while back, that's why we invaded in the first place, isn't it?

It's kind of an odd thing for him to be saying right after W. recently saying that, "We will defeat the Taliban. We will defeat al Qaeda. And the only way to do it is by working together." (If W. is losing Frist, he's got more to worry about than the Talibs. )

After watching Frontline last night, I wouldn't be so sure making deals with the Talibs is the way to go there Billy boy.


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