Monday, September 18, 2006 at 10:17 AM
Not so long ago, some of us considered the war in Afghanistan as much an unqualified success as we deemed the war in Iraq an unmitigated failure. But a new crop of Taliban fighters are beginning to surpass die-hard insurgents in Iraq in their ability to undermine U.S. efforts to “stand up” a democratic government in their country.
Moreover, it is a particularly perverse feature of this Taliban resurgence that they are funding their comeback with proceeds from the Afghan opium fields the Americans vowed to destroy.
Alas, victory in Afghanistan may prove another casualty of the war in Iraq….