The United States, which has increased troops numbers in Afghanistan to hunt for Osama bin Laden and other militants, may cut their number after the country holds elections, the top U.S. military officer [General Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff] said on Friday.While Myers emphasized that the war in Iraq was not driving this decision, I think the all-but-announced cancellation of the rotation out of about 20,000 troops from Iraq puts lie to that statement. Myers also stated, perhaps in a slip of the tongue that Pakistan was not fully engaged in helping to hunt down bin Laden or other al Qaeda or Taliban members in the border area, he was confident that they would soon be engaged.
"We will see how events unfold. I think generally most of the country is pretty secure as a matter of fact,"he added.
Driven from power by U.S.-led forces in late 2001, the Taliban have declared a jihad, or holy war, on foreign and Afghan government troops and aid organizations, and threatened this week to step up attacks against the government and foreign troops.
Sounds to me like everyone's telling a different story in hopes that the public doesn't put it all together before November. I think they are hoping against hope.