New NATO Claim: Afghanistan Heading For Peace

According to a new view from NATO, the Taliban insurgency is not spreading and 70% of the violence last year occurred in only 10% of the country. US Air Force Lt. Col. Claudia Foss, a spokeswoman for NATO’s International Security assistancce Force, said three-fourths of Afghanistan suffered just one violent incident per week. Her comments came after recent studies which indicate just the opposite. Last week, an independent study by retired Marine Corps Gen. james Jones and former US Ambassador Thomas Pickering warned that Afghanistan risks becoming a failed state becaue of deteriorating international support and the growing Taliban insurgency. Perhaps, the NATO spokesperson knows something the rest of the world doesn’t know about the Taliban.

The situation in Afghanistan is critical. Germany has rejected America’s plea for more troops fighting in the south, Canada is threatening to end its Afghan mission unless other nations dispatch more troops, and the US is going to send 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan. If he situation is so good why are Marines being sent from Iraq? Sorry, there is a credibillity gap which will not be closed by making positive remarks.