Despite Obama and Pakistan agreeing to release the head of the Taliban and many captured Taliban fighters, despite years of concessions and the arrest of an American filmmaker who offended Muslims by making a Mohammed movie trailer… the Taliban aren’t backing off.
It turns out that someone just forgot to carry the 2.
The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan incorrectly reported a decline last year in Taliban attacks and is preparing to publish corrected numbers that could undercut its narrative of a Taliban in steep decline.
After finding what they called clerical errors, military officials in Kabul said Tuesday that a 7 percent drop in “enemy initiated attacks” for the period from January through December 2012 reported last month will be corrected to show no change in the number of attacks during that span.
“During a quality control check, ISAF recently became aware that some data was incorrectly entered into the database that is used for tracking security-related incidents across Afghanistan,” said Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition known officially as the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF.
It would be quite interesting to investigate whether the source of that “error” came from someone with ties to the White House, but considering that we can’t even get answers to Obama Inc’s
1. Massive shipment of guns to Mexican cartels
2. Refusal to send troops to the rescue of an American diplomatic mission under fire
3. Voter suppression tactics using a known hate group
…the odds of finding out how that error happened are low.
Previously the claim had been made that a severe winter caused a drop in Taliban attacks. Since as it turns out there was no drop, the severe winter might mean that technically there was actually an increase.
But don’t worry, Obama is winning this one. And when it’s won, Michelle Obama will be there to present the Oscar for Best Imaginary Data Set of Victory.
Graybeal said that even though the number of 2012 Taliban attacks was unchanged from 2011, “our assessment of the fundamentals of campaign progress has not changed. The enemy is increasingly separated from the population and the ANSF are currently in the lead for the vast majority of partnered operations.”
So the Taliban are continuing their attacks at the same level. We haven’t beaten them or pushed them out. But according to Jamie, Afghans like the Taliban less now. And when we withdraw and the Taliban take over, then their popularity ratings will fall even worse than Obama’s.
Hearts and minds, people. Hearts and minds.