Obama’s Troop Delays Reap Bitter Harvest: Taliban Militants Launch Attack on Afghan Capital
What pisses me off here is that Obama didn’t send troops earlier. His ego and pride wouldn’t let him learn the lesson that Bush learned and fixed. Instead, he delayed the troops until he could decide how to handle it politically. And people die.
The additional troops aren’t even over there yet, and the Taliban know it. They attack before our Coward-In-Chief gets off his ass and gets Afghanistan shored up. Don’t agree? Look at the deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan last month. Afganistan has a record number of deaths, Iraq had NONE. It’s only Obama’s misplaced ego that prevented him from emulating a solution that worked… Bush’s surge.
KABUL — Taliban militants struck in the heart of the Afghan capital Monday, launching suicide attacks at key government targets in a clear sign the insurgents plan to escalate their fight as the U.S. and its allies ramp up their own campaign to end the war. At least five people, including a child, were killed and nearly 40 wounded, officials said.
After a series of blasts and more than three hours of ensuing gunfights outside several ministries and inside a shopping mall, President Hamid Karzai said security had been restored to the capital, though search operations continued amid reports that attackers were hiding in the city.
It was the biggest attack in the capital since Oct. 28 when gunmen with automatic weapons and suicide vests stormed a guest house used by U.N. staff, killing at least 11 people including three U.N. staff.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press that 20 armed militants, including some with suicide vests, had entered Kabul to target the presidential palace and other government buildings in the center of the capital.
Explosions and heavy machine-gun fire rattled the city for hours. Debris was strewn on the streets, which were quickly abandoned by crowds that normally fill the area. Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said a child and a policeman were killed. The Ministry of Public Health later said five people — a civilian and four security forces — were killed and 30 others wounded.