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May 5, 2009

Groundhog Day


There was a lot of gesticulating going on this morning in the WH press room (1, 2, 3, 4 ) as Hillary tried to put a positive spin on the AfPak situation with Zardari and Karzai in the house. The photo, however — from a recent NYT slideshow on American military strategy in the Afghan provinces — seems to sum up the dimension and obscurity of the task.

From slideshow :Cutting Off the Taliban’s Bankroll

(image: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times, caption: A base in Kandahar Province. The plan to send 20,000 Marines and soldiers into Helmand, Kandahar and Zabul Provinces this summer promises weeks and perhaps months of heavy fighting, as American officers expect the Taliban to vigorously defend what makes up the economic engine for the insurgency.)

  • Rima

    No shadow! The war’s over!

  • JayDenver

    “Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.”
    This whole operation has the potential to become a classic goat rope.

  • stevelaudig

    The guy is a security guard for a U-store next to an airport of a small town in Kansas. While in fact it’s Vietnam without the jungle while the mountains are just beyond the horizon. Obama’s presidency lies in smoking ruins in the future just beyond the horizon in the mountains [and hearts and minds] of AfPakistan.

  • yg

    from top of the slideshow
    The Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Spin Boldack, an area difficult to secure from Taliban drug and gun smuggling. American commanders are planning to cut off the Taliban’s main source of money, Afghanistan’s opium crop, by pouring thousands of troops into three provinces that bankroll much of the group’s operations.
    a few years ago, i kept reading how it was the saudis who were funding the taliban. did that end?

  • Sergei Andropov

    The President of Pakistan is named Zardari, not Zedari.

  • Michael Shaw (The BAG)

    ar –thanks

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