“They understand they don’t have to defeat us, they just have to defeat the will of the people back home.”

Taliban learning how to win key propaganda battles

“We are in a very dangerous time, we have an election coming up and they [the Taliban] know we have a rotation going on and that we are close to the 100 [killed] number which will provoke re-examination” of the mission at home.

. . . in the minds of Western voters, the Taliban are increasingly regarded as more potent, more powerful, more credible.

Taliban blast brings military toll to 97

There are only about 33 million Canadians. There are only 87,000 active-duty and reserve soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Canadian national will is under the same types of attack as American national will, from the same or kindred sources. IF Prime Minister Harper manages to retain power and maintain his Army in Central Asia, how he does it will be worthy of American study.

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3 responses to ““They understand they don’t have to defeat us, they just have to defeat the will of the people back home.”

  1. Jay

    Hey C,

    Not sure if your linked article mentions this (premium subscription required to read and all) but Harper, last week, promised a full pullout from Afghanistan by 2011.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080911.ELECTION11/TPStory/Front

  2. Those links were good last week. Didn’t know globeandmail expected people to pay to see them.

    The Canadians have been making pull out noises for a couple of years now. By 2011 they will have been out there 10 years. They are a sparsely populated country. They have done more than most. More than their share.

    Canadians have been good allies in Afghanistan. Can’t expect them to stay forever. Can’t expect anybody to stay forever. Kabul has 3 years to get it together or be abandoned in disgust.

  3. Fixed the link to Globe and Mail, Jay. Found a google cache of it.