wolfowitz: "Who cares about a little terrorist in Afghanistan?"

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  1. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    link

     
  2. wwworry macrumors regular

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    the scary thing is that the taliban still control large parts of Afghanistan or have retaken control. Also, Afghanistan has reclaimed its spot at the top of world opium suppliers.

    Bush talks about Iraq but the real enemy gets stronger.
     
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    Care to share what "large parts" of Afghanistan the Taliban still controls or has retaken control of?
     
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    It's probably more accurate to say that the Afghan government continues to have little authority outside of Kabul. Most of the country is run by tribal warlords, whose loyalties are for sale.
     
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    How exactly are the links related the Taliban?
     
  6. zimv20 thread starter macrumors 601

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    i never said they were. i thought you and others might like to know what's been going on there the past few weeks.

    is your sole criterion for judging the situation in afghanistan "to what extent have the taliban come back?"
     
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    Did they ever go away? If so, who is carrying out the daily attacks on foreigners and ISAF? And who are all those US soldiers fighting? Ghosts?
     
  8. zimv20 thread starter macrumors 601

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    it very much seems like once kabul was captured, attention was focused elsewhere. the taleban went into hiding and most of the country fell once again under control of the warlords.

    karzai was put into power, underfunded and basically left w/ a mess. but by then, the administration was already making its iraq war case.
     
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    My criteria to this particular thread is....

    I'm simply trying to find out how much control the Taliban still holds. I thought you were trying to provide links to back his statement. If you weren't then I apologize.
     
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    no worries.

    the NYT article about women lighting themselves on fire had some reports on what it's like to live in the countryside under control of the warlords. unfortunately, the rest of the article seems to be available only if purchased (i first read it a few days ago).

    wrt the taleban, i don't know. they're clearly still operating, it's hard to ascertain from here what would constitute "control" or who actually has it in what quantities.

    regardless, my reason for starting the thread was to inform how little the administration was paying attention to the terrorism threat pre-9/11, as nicely summed up by wolfowitz's (outrageous) statement.
     
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    My question was rhetorical.... :)
    But thanks for the analysis.
     
  12. zimv20 thread starter macrumors 601

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    on my headstone: "He answered rhetorical questions"
     
  13. skunk macrumors G4

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    That's cool: so did Cicero :)
     
  14. wwworry macrumors regular

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    Last weeks New Yorker had a big article on it. Which is not on thier web site now.

    but also this:
    Bush lapses have only helped al-Qaida

    I know it's Krugman so you won't believe it

    and

    http://www.japantoday.com/gidx/news278527.html

    http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/080503A.shtml

    just look up on google news about fighting in Afghanistan with Al Qaida and the Taliban. It's not over yet.
     

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