- ABC News -
The Afghan war was enormously popular when it began on a fall Sunday eight and a half years ago. Less than a month had passed since the September 11 attacks, and President Bush could draw on deep wells of support when he ordered air strikes against Kabul , Jalalabad and the Taliban stronghold at Kandahar.
"We are supported," Bush said that day, with only slight exaggeration, "by the collective will of the world."
By mid-November American forces had driven the Taliban from the capital; at month's end Kandahar was in the U.S. sights; in early December the Taliban leadership fled, and Marines set up a base near the Kandahar airfield.
No one proclaimed "Mission Accomplished," but they might as well have. Surely, it seemed, this would be a brief campaign.