Thursday, October 15, 2009

From the "Who'da thunk it?" file.

WASHINGTON -- A recent U.S. intelligence assessment has raised the estimated number of full-time Taliban-led insurgents fighting in Afghanistan to at least 25,000, underscoring how the crisis has worsened even as the U.S. and its allies have beefed up their military forces, a U.S. official said Thursday.

The U.S. official, who requested anonymity because the assessment is classified, said the estimate represented an increase of at least 5,000 fighters, or 25 percent, over what an estimate found last year.
Wow, it seems to be turning out that our occupation has inspired resistance, and as the occupation becomes longer and larger the resistance becomes larger and more aggressive. Who'da thunk it?

Of course, this could be one of those 8th dimensional chess deals. If we just keep escalating the occupation large enough and long enough, eventually we might achieve the elusive goal of a united Afghanistan - against us.

Could the right way in Afghanistan be all the way in?

Nah.

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