Taliban Not Actually Losing War in Afghanistan

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.

  • Joe b

    Shock. Horror. When NATO forces finally leave, it will be as if the last 12 years never happened. There will not be a trace they were ever there. karzai will flee or be killed, and the Taliban will take over the entire country. All the lives and limbs lost, all the money spent, will be for nothing. Absolutely nothing.

    • JacksonPearson

      Anytime the U.S. ties the hands of their military, with rules of engagement, placing restrictions here, and a little there, then the outcome will be as disastrous as Vietnam.

    • ConcernedCitizen

      No, there definitely will be traces of NATO's occupation but it'll be in the form of replenished stocks of guns, bullets and bombs and a bunch of useless projects around the country which the Afghan's can't afford to maintain or have the skilled personnel to operate.

      Over $300 billion spent on this war and around 2 to 3% of that was actually dispersed as AID and many of the projects it went toward are unsustainable or incomplete because the money was pilfered.

      I remember reading an article once about how then dictator of Pakistan Musharraf asked America to approach the Taliban for a peace deal following the 2001 bombing campaign that drove them out of power but the hot headed warmongers in Washington didn't want to listen and thought they would win easy like Iraq somehow proved they could do it. Unfortunately, by not following Musharraf's pleas the US effectively got themselves stuck in what is fast becoming an endless war.

  • Edward Cline

    Joe B: You're right, that the twelve years, lives and limbs lost and billions spent, will have been for nothing. But, that is the way of the Nihilist-in-Chief in the White House. A nihilist, after all, is a person who can turn something into nothing, and call it "progress." I wish more people would understand the nature of the man who occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • BLJ

    If we would let the Marines and the rest of the military do their job (kill all Taliban) then we could eliminate the parasites. Since their hands are tied I say get the hell out. Leave that place to the mother lovin rats.

    Better yet, lets toss the Obama's into that sewer hole. He is a muslim and loves the Muslim Brotherhood. I am also sure Michelle would look better in a burqa.

  • Matt

    There is around 1 million Pashtuns that support the insurgency, not 40, 000. You give me 160, 000 ISAF and 400, 000 ANSF we would have crushed it in 12 to 18 months. Who cares.

  • Shah

    Get Pashtuns involved in the power sharing military, political and economic so that the support for the Taliban diminishes. They are over 50% of the population and need to isolated from taliban recruiting. This should be the number one goal. Remove the warlords which gave rise to warlordism and civil/ethnic war, thus creating the taliban. GET RID OF THE WAR CRIMINALS! Promote democracy and economic aid, primarly security.