Here in the United States, many of us like to fancy that we’re that we’re under attack from Islamic extremists because, after more than eight years of calm, a bumbling teenager failed to light his shorts on fire. They’re freaking out, and calling for extreme security measures, such as machines that will allow government workers to look at the details of our naked bodies under our clothes.
Early today in Afghanistan, there took place what should be to us a reminder of what a real attack looks like. In the capital city of Kabul, Taliban fighters carrying guns launched an assault while suicide bombers successfully blew themselves up in many places, almost simultaneously. That’s what it looks like in a nation that is truly under attack.
How could the Taliban have assaulted the capital city of Afghanistan, the stronghold of the American-led forces in that country? Barack Obama launched an escalation of the war there, didn’t he?
Obama did approve such an escalation. That was last year. The additional soldiers to support that military escalation won’t actually be in place until the autumn of this year. In the meantime, Afghanistan will roil with attacks. What damage between then and now will need to be undone before the promised progress of the escalation can begin?