Sunday, December 20, 2015
Losing America’s forgotten ‘good war’
Even as President Obama’s desperately trying to convince the public he’s on top of terror, ISIS and Syria, look: Afghanistan’s headed into the crapper.
The only Western headlines on the country are about the unfortunate US accidental bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz. But that came amid the Taliban’s brief takeover the city — which was just part of the Islamists’ recent offensive.
Some 2,200 US troops have died there — more on Obama’s watch than President George W. Bush’s. Yet what Obama used to call the “good war” (as opposed to Bush’s Iraq intervention) is in worse shape than when this president took over.
The Taliban now control nearly all the roads in the nation, when they want to. They’re on the verge of ruling six provinces, and are a major threat in a dozen or so more (of 34 total). And ISIS has a presence in at least three provinces.