A Taliban Propaganda Coup
While the world’s attention has been focused on Iraq for the past four years, today the Taliban reminded us that there’s another country in the Middle East that we n eed to worry about:
Vice President Cheney was shuttled into a bomb shelter at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan this morning after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the main gate in an attack Taliban officials say was aimed at the vice president.
Cheney was uninjured and in no real danger from the blast, which killed at least four people, including a U.S. soldier, at the gate of the Bagram Airfield.
It wasn’t a major attack, but it was enough to remind people that the Afghan War, which was started because the Taliban were harboring, and allied with, the men responsible for September 111th, isn’t really over either and that the Taliban and al Qaeda still haven’t been defeated. It may even be partially responsible for the jitters affecting world financial markets today.
As I argued last week, the real legacy of the Iraq War may be the fact that it diverted the United States from it’s fight against the terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans five years ago and who, as they reminded us today, remain a real threat today.