On the whole, I have been supportive of the president’s plan for Afghanistan. My main quibble is that he wants a timetable for U.S. withdrawal, signaling to our enemies that they just need to wait us out. In an interview with the AP’s Kathy Gannon, a Taliban commander admitted as much:
The Taliban commander, who uses the pseudonym Mubeen, told The Associated Press that if military pressure on the insurgents becomes too great “we will just leave and come back after” the foreign forces leave.
Later, in the article, Ms. Gannon wrote:
It is difficult to measure the depth of support for the Taliban among Kandahar’s people, many of whom say they are disgusted by the presence of both the foreign troops and the insurgents. Many of them say they are afraid NATO’s summer offensive will accomplish little other than trigger more violence.
Wonder what was her source for Kandahar public opinion. The Taliban commander perhaps? She references no other source in the article.