Although I do not doubt the guys who are there in Afghanistan, like Michael Yon
, who say we are losing in the same way we were losing in Iraq before the Surge change in tactics there, I look to the changes in Pakistan
with a real sense of relief
. It makes sense that the new leaders in Pakistan want to crush
the fundamentalist extremists in the ungovernable border provinces just to protect their jobs and, uh, backsides. It also makes sense that, if there is no sanctuary for the Taliban in Pakistan, the sole non suicidal option left to the Taliban is to join in the non (mainly) violent political fray they are being invited to join. Stranger things have happened. Such a path
has been trod before
If the Taliban gives up violent overthrow and joins in the non bean bag of politics in Afghanistan, al Qaeda is horribly exposed to the wrath of American, NATO and Pakistan forces. Sucks to be them, then.
Labels: Global War Against Muslim Extremists