Thirty thousand more American troops are either in Afghanistan or on the way as part of the Obama administration effort to deal with the Taliban and al-Qaeda. On Monday, January 18, at least 20 armed gunmen attacked a score of government ministries and the heavily reinforced Serena Hotel which is home to many visitors from abroad. Early reports indicate at least five are dead and about 40 wounded as result of the assault which, most probably, left several of the attackers dead. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, when the Taliban or al-Qaeda launch attacks on Kabul. The main point about this assault is the revelation Afghanistan’s government still is unable to ensure safety and security in its own capital.
Reality is the Afghan surge is not working, and it is doubtful if it ever will as long as a corrupt, inefficient government is in power. Unless the United States makes clear to President Karzai he must go or he must appoint technocrats and experts to government positions, then America will depart. Pay now or pay later is the issue. At least paying now will be cheaper in human life.