We're finally at the point where we're seeing some gains in Iraq. That's great news. It appears as though it may be sustained. It's really important that we see some success out of the billions of dollars and thousands of lives we've spent on, well, the country that didn't attack us. Meanwhile, over in Afghanistan, the war effort was painfully underestimated and underfunded. We all but gave up looking for Bin Laden, which, really, is okay with me, as he is just one man. However, the Taliban never stopped being a threat. They are still active, still hostile and now, they are making a comeback.
In case you hadn't heard by now, the Taliban busted a bunch of the crew out of the pokie and, with help from the extra manpower, they've invaded several towns in southern Afghanistan. This particular area is specifically significant and strategic, too. Back when they were at war with Russia, this particular area, known for it's thick orchards and irrigation canals, was never defeated by the Russians because the surroundings made the location so easy to defend.
NATO's response to this renewed push by the Taliban? "Well, we've redeployed troops to meet the threat." Really? Because, these towns have already been invaded. We kinda missed that boat, if you ask me. Will we be able to beat them back? Perhaps, but it won't be easy.
For years, it was the story of a success in Afghanistan and a struggle in Iraq. Now that the situation appears to be reversing, do you have any comments on what we should have done differently? Were we right for invading Iraq how we did, when we did? Or, would you rather have had us focus on Afghanistan?