US General Warns Of Long Struggle

General Robert Cone, who is in charge of training and equipping Afghan forces, said violence was rising and it would take time to complete the task of pacifying Afghanistan. “You can say you defeated them in a single campaign… but again, given the complex nature of the environment, they might be back again the very next year.” The good news was that hundreds of former Taliban members have joined government forces, the bad news is the Taliban are increasing in size as new recruits flock to their side.

One can only wonder why voices like that of General Cone were not heard by the Bush administration when they began their crusades for freedom. Any expert on guerrilla warfare could have told Bush four years ago what Cone expressed — the enemy is out for the long haul, not short term victories.