On Thursday, McChrystal's message that his strategy will weaken the Taliban in its heartland took its worst beating thus far, when he admitted that the planned offensive in Kandahar City and surrounding districts is being delayed until September at the earliest, because it does not have the support of the Kandahar population and leadership.
Equally damaging to the credibility of McChrystal's strategy was the Washington Post report published Thursday documenting in depth the failure of February's offensive in Marja.
The basic theme underlined in both stories - that the Afghan population in the Taliban heartland is not cooperating with U.S. and NATO forces - is likely to be repeated over and over again in media coverage in the coming months.
The reality here is that this obscenely immoral was instituted to achieve two outcomes: the "pacification" of the Afghan people to enable the installation of the oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and the control of the drug trade.
While the second objective has been brilliantly achieved to the point of Russia complaining bitterly about cheap Afghan heroin flooding their country and addicting their kids (when you control the drug flow, you control where the drugs go), that second outcome is still... an "oil pipeline dream", no closer to reality than when the invasion of Afghanistan began almost 9 years ago.
The Afghani people, rightly, see the US and NATO as occupying forces, and because of the country's brutal history, Afghans have developed a well-earned xenophobia against foreigners.
The Afghan people don't "hate us because we are free'; they hate us because, in the name control of oil and opium, we have invaded and occupied their country, killed their children, dads, wives, cousins, and friends, and continue to wreak havoc upon an already destroyed infrastructure.
Now; as pathologically corrupt as our US/NATO puppet in Kabul may be, Karzai is no idiot.
He understands very clearly that the only way "out" of the current bloodshed and is through a complete rapprochement with the Taliban. The Taliban wants US and NATO forces out, NOW.
However, the situation on the ground in Afghanistan is still way too unstable to allow the installation of those pipelines to control Eurasian oil, which puts the US right back to where it was in August of 2001, at which point the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban for the oil pipeline routes, but considered the asking price "too high."
With all the blood and money spent on a militarily unwinnable war, the American people have had quite enough, thank you very much. We need to pack up now, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul regarding the oil pipeline routes.