US Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen has warned time was running out to defeat an intensifying insurgency in Afghanistan and said he was "not convinced we’re winning" in the country.
"I’m not convinced we’re winning it in Afghanistan. I am convinced we can," he said. "… And frankly, we’re running out of time."
Bush’s failed war in Afghanistan has now lasted almost as long as the US involvement in World War I, World War II and the Korean War — combined. And no victory in sight.
Osama bin Laden has not been caught dead or alive.
Even Michael Smerconish, the right wing radio host in Philadelphia, has had enough:
Forget ideology or politics. I wish every American could agree that our obligation to bring these two [bin Laden and al-Zawahiri] to justice needs outrage. I wish Hillary Clinton would have done more than promise to answer the White House phone at 3 a.m. Forget following bin Laden to the gates of hell; I just want John McCain to follow him to Pakistan. Most important, I wish Barack Obama’s calls for refocusing the War on Terror there would fall on receptive ears.
More than anything, I want Americans to stop standing for this. I doubt that the families of the 3,000 innocents murdered on 9/11 – and the 4,000 that followed them in Iraq – are content with it. If we don’t have the fire in our belly to kill these two, I fear we’ll be left to deal with another fire, raging in another building, burning a hole in another American city. *
The Republicans must be held accountable for this in November.