Afghanistan – Sliding Toward 9/10/2001

Now that things are going smoothly in Iraq (seriously – what’s going on in Iraq? A couple weeks it was “the Surge this” and “the Surge that,” and now its like, “what’s Iraq?”), there’s the war that everyone supported – the one in Afghanistan. Remember that one – the point was to get Osama and his friends, Mullah Omar and the Taliban. Six years and virtually no dissent later, this is what GW getting to do it entirely his way has produced:

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 29 — A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan military uniform detonated his explosive belt near a bus full of Afghan soldiers on their way to work here in the capital early Saturday, killing at least 30 people, including two civilians, officials said. The bombing was among the deadliest in Afghanistan this year.

Later in the day, President Hamid Karzai said that he was willing to travel to the hide-out of the Taliban’s leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, to conduct peace negotiations, and that he was prepared to allocate the leadership of some ministries to Taliban officials if they rejected further violence.

And lest you think it will never happen:

Several former members of the Taliban government serve in Parliament, and a few more hold positions in provincial governments. Prominent members of Mr. Hekmatyar’s party have been given government positions and have taken part in parliamentary elections.

As we slide the region back to its pre-September 11, 2001 state, at a staggering cost, I might add, I can only conclude that if GW were in office here for long enough, eventually Afghan courts would have to find a way to make a foreigner, namely Osama bin Laden, the country’s Secretary of State. I blame the liberals.