The continued pressure on the Pakistani branch of the Taliban is continuing to show progress. The leader of the Pakistani Taliban was apparently killed in a CIA drone attack. I think it would be a mistake to think that the Taliban will collapse because of this. It would be more accurate to see this as a symptom of the positive swing in the broader war between the Taliban the democratically elected government of Pakistan.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Right now there are simultaneous offensives being carried out on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghan border. The Pakistani military successes and popular support for the government and opposition to the Taliban have all been increasing for the last year or so. Meanwhile on the Afghan side of the border, NATO forces have been building up since Obama took office and are now mounting a major offensive against the Taliban/Al Qaeda forces in Helmand province.
Since 2001, Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been able to use the border as a shield. When pressure rose on one side or the other, they'd simply jump the border for a while. For the first time, they are being pressured from both sides and the results are starting to tally. It's frustrating to me to see how quickly we are getting good results with Obama's change in strategy and focus. If only the Bush administration had done this from the start instead of bleeding off our military strength (and allies' support) in Iraq. Arg!!
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 5:43 PM