The top commander of NATO forces says Afghanistan is dangerously close to abandoning democracy and supporting Taliban militants.

My god, how did we get to this point?

From the AP:

Gen. David Richards, a British officer who commands NATO’s 32,000 troops here, warned in an interview with The Associated Press that if life doesn’t get better over the winter, most Afghans could switch sides.

“They will say, ‘We do not want the Taliban but then we would rather have that austere and unpleasant life that that might involve than another five years of fighting,'” Richards said.

I’ll tell you how we got to this point: Neglect. Arrogance. Politics.

Here’s more reality from on the ground…

Afghanistan is going through its worst bout of violence since the U.S.-led invasion removed the former Taliban regime from power five years ago. The Taliban has made a comeback in the south and east of the country and is seriously threatening Western attempts to stabilize the country after almost three decades of war.

Lump this information with Pakistan’s surrender of Warzistan to the Taliban and I keep just shaking my head with each story that comes down the pike. Just when I think it can’t get any worse, there’s a military guy or a Senator saying, “Umm, yeah…thing aren’t so hot over here…”

Are we serious about fighting the WoT? Honestly, are we? Or is just now another nice slogan featured on one of any of the assorted, multi-colored, ribbon-shaped magnets I see on SUVs buzzing here and there? Freedom isn’t free. These colors don’t run. Support our troops.

There is no reason, absolutely ZERO, why this should be happening in Afghanistan right now. But you don’t see any of the conservative talking heads criticizing Bush and company for cutting and running from that country, even though it’s been going sideways for a couple years now and still houses the guy who ORDERED 9/11.

People, we deserve better than this continued operational incompetence. How we didn’t plan for this, how we didn’t anticipate this, it’s insanity.

Politics We Forget Afghanistan At Our Own Peril