Happy anniversary, war in Afghanistan

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Bronze or pottery are the traditional gifts for an 8th anniversary. (afp)

What a week for long relationships! The Obamas on Saturday celebrated 17 years of marriage. This day also marks eight years in Afghanistan for US forces. Today, the apparently resurgent Taliban claimed control of a remote part of the country, and President Obama meets with his national security team to talk about Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds Americans conflicted about the war, with 52 percent saying the war is the right thing to do, to 37 percent saying it's not. Even so, 65 percent said they are willing to see American soldiers fight and possibly die for the cause in Afghanistan, while 28 percent said no, thanks.

And yikes: 49 percent said they don't think the US will be successful in eliminating the terrorist threat in Afghanistan. As Obama continues brooding over a new war plan for Afghanistan, the BBC notes that:

Eight years after the US formed an international coalition to oust the Taliban government and hunt al-Qaeda leaders in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Afghanistan remains a deadly place for foreign forces. 

Suicide attacks on Afghan civilians and roadside bomb strikes on international troops are common, with the Taliban strongly resurgent in many areas of the country.

Here is former President Bush's speech to the nation announcing the start of the war, which he called Operation Enduring Freedom.

“In the months ahead, our patience will be one of our strengths — patience with the long waits that will result from tighter security; patience and understanding that it will take time to achieve our goals; patience in all the sacrifices that may come,” Bush said.

“The battle is now joined on many fronts. We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter; and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.”

Really — you shouldn't have.         (reuters)

 

 

 

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