The Taliban's fugitive leader said the planned increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan will give his fighters incentive to kill and maim more Americans than ever.
Mullah Omar, who is believed to be sheltered by fiercely conservative tribesman on the Afghan-Pakistan border, said battles would "flare up" everywhere.
Even with the impending "surge" of US troops, we won't have any where near enough boots on the ground to securely occupy Afghanistan, by the US military's own protocol.
The "surge" is only window-dressing until the adults in the room in Washington hopefully figure out an exit strategy which doesn't look quite like the abject defeat it will very most probably be.
Why are many of the Afghanis furious with us? Well, let's see:
1. We invaded their country, and have killed hundreds of people's wives, children, brothers, and sisters.
2. We installed a puppet government, headed by Hamid Karzai (formerly a UNOCAL consultant), which is so collectively corrupt that people believe these government officials have to screw their socks on in the morning.
3. And if that were not enough, as reported in September of this year,
"A poor harvest, the harshest winter in memory and widespread drought could mean a severe winter food shortage for millions of Afghans, aid officials say."
'The grim forecasts generally cover small farmers in central and northern Afghanistan, affecting 9 million people, more than a quarter of the population, The New York Times reported Friday."
Trust me; the Afghanis do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because of what has been done to them in the name of oil and pipelines.