As the Taliban tightened their hold over newly won territory, Pakistani politicians and American officials on Thursday sharply questioned the governmentís willingness to deal with the insurgents and the Pakistani militaryís decision to remain on the sidelines.
Some 400 to 500 insurgents consolidated control of their new prize, a strategic district called Buner, just 70 miles from the capital, Islamabad, setting up checkpoints and negotiating a truce similar to the one that allowed the Taliban to impose Islamic law in the neighboring Swat Valley.
As they did, Taliban contingents were seen Thursday in at least two other districts and areas still closer to the capital, according to Pakistani government officials and residents
This is directly the fault of the Bush administration, for not pursuing an objective in Afghanistan and instead, diverting US troops and assets into a needless war in Iraq. The destruction of the Taliban, AlQaeda and Osama binLaden was within our grasp, yet the Bush administration stopped the pursuit to begin its own misguided adventure. Bush and Cheney believed the world would revolve around their decisions, meanwhile their incompetence has created a situation in which terrorists are now in position to overthrow the government of a nuclear state.
This is a perfect example of how evil flows into a vacuum, how the real world of foreign policy was beyond the comprehension and capability of the Bush administration, and why Republicans cannot be trusted to supervise the use of the US military.