What moved them to get their shrill on:
U.S. Senate majority leader calls for efforts to bring Taliban into Afghan government
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan guerrilla war can never be won militarily and called for efforts to bring the Taliban and their supporters into the Afghan government.
The Tennessee Republican said he had learned from briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated by military means.
“You need to bring them into a more transparent type of government,” Frist said during a brief visit to a U.S. and Romanian military base in the southern Taliban stronghold of Qalat. “And if that’s accomplished we’ll be successful.”
[…] Frist, who said he would announce whether he would run for the U.S. presidency in about a month, said he had hoped that the United States would be able to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan soon. But the 20,000 U.S. troops are still needed to help the 37-country coalition deal with an intensifying Taliban insurgency.
How do you reconcile reconcile a statement like that with Frist’s plans to seek the GOP nomination? Not only is it nearly impossible to imagine a better way to negate the Republicans’ primary and only electoral advantage at the moment, but it is simply one hindred and eighty degrees wrong. Most of the sensible people whom I have met think that we should pull most of our forces in Iraq, since no effort in the world will fix that mess, and put some of those into Afghanistan so that we can give at least one fo our wars the attention that it deserves. The calculus here simply baffles me.
I see that John got there first, but I also see that John forgot Poland. Call it a tie.
In comments The Commisar corrects my misunderstanding that his conversion has anything to do with the Frist story that I listed here but rather from the bungled operation in Iraq. My misunderstanding came from the context of the Hot Air post that I linked here.