Monday, August 10, 2009

WSJ: Taliban Now Winning

The unsustainability of these two wars is now evident. Unsustainable in the traditional sense, defined by progress and moving towards victory. But totally sustainable in the eyes of the banksters who finance this war, because, irregardless of how many people are slaughtered, the longer this debacle continues the more money they make. And all because of a lie.

    The Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan, the top American commander there said, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy in the eight-year-old conflict by increasing the number of troops in heavily populated areas like the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the insurgency's spiritual home.

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal warned that means U.S. casualties, already running at record levels, will remain high for months to come.

    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the commander offered a preview of the strategic assessment he is to deliver to Washington later this month, saying the troop shifts are designed to better protect Afghan civilians from rising levels of Taliban violence and intimidation. The coming redeployments are the clearest manifestation to date of Gen. McChrystal's strategy for Afghanistan, which puts a premium on safeguarding the Afghan population rather than hunting down militants.

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