Taliban Getting Stronger?
That’s the conclusion of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI).
The heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees said Sunday the Taliban was gaining ground, just days after President Barack Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan and touted the progress made in the war on terror. “I think we’d both say that what we found is that the Taliban is stronger,” said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on CNN’s “State of the Union,” while sitting with Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan.
This is why you don’t announce your withdrawal plans. That just gives your opponent an incentive to rebuild his strength.
“This is a huge problem. And what we have found is maybe the policies, the announced date of withdrawal, the negotiations with the Taliban, have worked against what our endgame is here,” Rogers said.
He added: “And we ought to have a hard discussion about saying, listen, war is when one side wins and one side loses.”
Obama, on the other hand, is trying to spin it:
Their comments came just days after Obama spoke of a slowing force within the Taliban.
“Over the last three years, the tide has turned. We broke the Taliban’s momentum,” Obama said. “We’ve built strong Afghan security forces. We devastated al Qaeda’s leadership, taking out over 20 of their top 30 leaders.”
Note that Obama isn’t speaking to the Taliban’s strength, and after momentum is broken — assuming that he’s correct about that — it’s still possible to rebuild your forces.
I’d say that Feinstein and Rogers are closer to the truth on this one. And I never thought I’d agree with Feinstein on anything political.