April 17, 2005


Deflated Taliban may try big strike (AP, April 17, 2005)

America's senior military commander in Afghanistan warned Saturday that Taliban-linked terrorists might launch a large-scale attack in coming months in a desperate attempt to reverse their waning fortunes.

But Lt. Gen. David Barno predicted the near total collapse of the Taliban within a year.

''As these terrorist capabilities grow more and more limited, the hard-core fanatics will grow more and more desperate to try and do something to change the course of events in Afghanistan,'' Barno said. ''Terrorists here in Afghanistan want to reassert themselves, and I expect that they will be looking here, over the next six to nine months or so, to stage some type of high-visibility attack.''

Killing them's easy--it's finding them that's hard. This'd help.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 17, 2005 12:00 AM

The very unappreciated Efrain Rios Montt was able to encourage local Indians to hunt down and locate Marxist terrorists in Guatemala, nearly ending the insurgency, despite being hindered at every turn by the CIA, the Congress and the Catholic Church(Rios had the bad taste to be an evangelical Protestant). He did so by the liberal spreading around of money, of which relatively small amounts made a big difference in Indian lives. It would seem that Karzai could do the same in the region where the Taliban still has a presence.

Posted by: bart at April 17, 2005 2:37 PM

Oh God no...not another video before our next election!

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 17, 2005 11:40 PM


Ever since Eric Alturdman wrote this after Reagan's death I've been looking for a rebuttal. Anything to offer? Can I safely assume that most of those innocent civilians he references were commies?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 18, 2005 12:08 AM