The top commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said Friday he sees no signs of a major al-Qaida presence in the country, but says the terror group still maintains close links to insurgents.
This from the same commander who asked for more troops on 1 September.
Now, I thought we were in Afghanistan to fight Al Qaida, which attacked us on 9/11. That seemed like a very worthy ambition to me. It sounds, however, like they have been defeated in Afghanistan — an insignificant number remain, apparently — so what is our goal now? A guarantee that they will never come back? What, precisely, might constitute such certainty, or will we just know it when we see it. Victory for Hamid Karzai in a civil war with the Taliban? But why should our soldiers die for Hamid Karzai and his corrupt regime. “[N]o signs of a major al-Qaida presence” in neighboring Pakistan, too? Can someone help me out here, or are you just as confused as me.