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285. Comment #251351 by Paine on September 21, 2008 at 11:45 am
After being conned by Musharraf for 7 years the Americans should have learned by now that Taliban is not going to be wished away. And from what I have seen, only Obama has expressed the will and the intelligence to effectively deal with the issue.

Exactly. I made this exact point on this exact site a few years back. Supporting a despised military dictator HAD to result in blowback and resentment. Well here we are, the cat is out of the bag, and we have our nuclear armed islamic state ... or very nearly.

It is going to take some fancy footwork to defuse this minefield without killing an awful lot of innocent people. Hotheads and republicans are going to trigger every trip wire, smash alliances and alienate allies. More of the same in other words. Heck, McCain has already started by insulting the prime minister of Spain, and Palin seems keen on a shootin' match with the Russkis.

Puhlease .... what a train wreck.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 11:02:00 UTC | #238269