Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, the administration of President George Bush decided to invade Afghanistan, destroy the Taliban government and then do –something. The something was not very clear to Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, and this failure to have a plan to create a viable Afghanistan remains the issue of today. Instead of rebuilding the nation, Bush diverted forces and energy to destory WMD that never existed. Barack Obama inherited this mess and despite serious efforts it remains a mess.
Over the weekend, Taliban forces launched a series of attacks in Kabul as well as in provincial cities. They used heavy weapons, suicide bombers and fought in the heart of the capital. A spokesperson for the Taliban said the attacks were planned for two months and demonstrated “we are strong and can attack anywhere we want.” Unfortunately, this is a true statement of reality.
The future is unknown. Apparently, Afghan forces responded to the attacks quite well. Who knows, perhaps they can handle the Taliban.