Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
Building on Senator John Kerry’s post yesterday, wherein he lays out the problems in Afghanistan and the resurgence of the Taliban as the “real front in the war on terror”, I caught a devastating documentary last night on PBS’ Frontline series called Return of the Taliban.
It is devastating in the sense that not only is Kerry right about this administration’s bungling and bumbling in Afghanistan since 2001, but the Taliban’s resurgence and use of Pakistan as a “defacto base of operations”, far out of reach of the American government or our military, suggests that the next war is probably not going to be in Iran, but back to Afghanistan again.
“The Taliban have reached to within 100 miles of the Afghanistan capital of Kabul,” reporter Martin Smith asserts in the opening sequence, and from there the documentary takes you on a wild ride into the operations of the Taliban and its resurgence, thanks mainly to the war in Iraq.
From recruitment to the Taliban’s cause, to al-Qaeda’s growth, to the military logistical distractions, the documentary asserts and reaffirms what Kerry has said all along: the Bush administration took its eye off the ball in Afghanistan to go into Iraq, which had nothing to do with the war on terror or 9/11.
But it sure as hell does now. Read Kerry’s post, then catch this documentary. It probably amounts to so much preaching to the choir at this point, but it’s preaching that needs to be done.