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War strategy falling short

May 11, 2012
The Leader Herald

President Barack Obama's approach in the Middle East has been to get out of Iraq and focus attention on eliminating the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan,

Obama accelerated the schedule for U.S. combat troops to pull out of Iraq. At the same time, he inserted more U.S. combat troops into Afghanistan.

He suggests al-Qaida and the Taliban have been beaten, but that's not true.

Last week, just hours after Obama departed Kabul after a surprise visit to Afghanistan, the Taliban demonstrated their power by sending a suicide bomber to a compound frequented by Americans and other foreigners. Seven Afghans were killed in the attack.

During the weekend, Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said they believe the Taliban have gained strength. The two lawmakers should know; they chair the Senate and House select committees on intelligence. Both recently visited Afghanistan, where they met with President Hamid Karzai.

After a decade in which more than 1,800 U.S. troops have given their lives - and tens of thousands more have been wounded severely - U.S. strategy in Afghanistan does not appear to be working.

Once U.S. and other NATO combat forces leave, there is every reason to believe the Taliban will take over Afghanistan again. Then, they may resume their role in providing a safe haven for al-Qaida and other terrorists.

The U.S. should rethink its strategy in Afghanistan.



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