US politicians who keep saying that Afghanistan is the good war would be well advised to consider whether the mission there is actually clear, whether it can be accomplished, and whether it is worth blood and treasure. Afghanistan is an enormous, rugged country riven with tribal and ethnic rivalries, and standing up a strong central state friendly to US and European interests is not going to be easy.
Fred Barnes, who says the war for Iraqi oil is more important than fighting al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, didn’t get the memo. He doesn’t seem to know about the Central Asia gas fields that actually explain Bushco’s interest in Afghanistan. And, he is admitting that the remnants of al-Qaeda over there are not very important.