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calendar   Tuesday - October 03, 2006

Sleeping With The Enemy

I am dumbstruck. It seems the GOP is determined to be just as self-destructive as the Donks this time. Bill First has obviously lost his mind. Although he later attempted damage control this morning by saying he was misquoted, I ain’t buying it. Something is going on within the ranks of the GOP when this many of them get weird right before an election. Are the Donks poisoning the water in Washington? Does Howard Dean now have a Lefty version of Karl Rove’s mind-altering raygun? WTF is going on?

I can’t imagine what would have happened in the Spring of 1945 if some Senator had said we should bring the Nazis into a new German government because Hitler’s minions could never be entirely defeated. There would probably have been a lot of tar and feathers involved and possibly the use of a tall tree and a short rope. Somebody needs to ‘splain this to me. I’m at a loss here .... and so is the GOP if they keep this s**t up ....

imageimageFrist: Taliban Should Be In Afghan Government
QALAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Oct. 2, 2006, 6:56PM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas can never be won militarily and urged support for efforts to bring “people who call themselves Taliban” and their allies into the government. The Tennessee Republican said he learned from briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated on the battlefield.

“You need to bring them into a more transparent type of government,” Frist said during a brief visit to a U.S. and Romanian military base in the southern Taliban stronghold of Qalat. “And if that’s accomplished, we’ll be successful.” Afghanistan is suffering its heaviest insurgent attacks since a U.S.-led military force toppled the Taliban in late 2001 for harboring al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

According to an Associated Press count, based on reports from U.S., NATO and Afghan officials, at least 2,800 people have been killed nationwide so far this year. The count, which includes militants and civilians, is about 1,300 more than the toll for all of 2005. The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, told Pentagon reporters last month that while the Taliban enemy in Afghanistan is not extremely strong, their numbers and influence have grown in some southern sections of the country.

President Bush has been criticized for his handling of the war and is trying to contain the damage ahead of midterm elections this fall. On Friday, Bush acknowledged setbacks in the training of Afghan police to fight against the Taliban resurgence but predicted eventual victory. Frist said asking the Taliban to join the government was a decision to be made by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai’s spokesmen were not immediately able to be reached for comment.

Sen. Mel Martinez, a Republican from Florida accompanying Frist on his trip, said negotiating with the Taliban was not “out of the question” but that fighters who refused to join the political process would have to be defeated. “A political solution is how it’s all going to be solved,” he said. Frist said he had hoped the U.S. would be able to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan soon. But he said the 20,000 U.S. troops in the country are still needed to support the NATO alliance, which will assume direct control over most military operations here.

“We’re going to need to stay here a long time,” Frist said. The senator said he was warned to expect attacks to increase. There appears to be an “unlimited flow” of Afghans and foreigners “willing to pick up arms and integrate themselves with the Taliban,” he said. He said the only way to win in places like the volatile southern part of the country is to “assimilate people who call themselves Taliban into a larger, more representative government. Approaching counterinsurgency by winning hearts and minds will ultimately be the answer,” Frist said. “Military versus insurgency one-to-one doesn’t sound like it can be won. It sounds to me ... that the Taliban is everywhere.”

- More on the madness here ...

Blogs who are covering this:

- Ace Of Spades

- Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller

- Captain’s Quarters

- Townhall

- Hotair (Allahpundit)

- IMAO


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