December 3rd, 2009
01:08 PM ET
5 months ago

Taliban promises U.S. 'fiasco' in Afghanistan

In a statement released Thursday, Taliban leaders said President Obama's new military strategy will meet with failure.
In a statement released Thursday, Taliban leaders said President Obama's new military strategy will meet with failure.

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) - The latest U.S. strategy for the 8-year-old war in Afghanistan will be a "fiasco" that will lead only to more dead Americans, the Taliban insurgency said Thursday.

President Barack Obama laid out plans to dispatch another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan this week, along with an expected contribution of at least 5,000 more from NATO countries. But the Taliban, the Islamic militia now battling U.S. and allied troops there, said the plans Obama laid out aren't new and won't resolve the conflict.

"Throughout the history of Afghanistan, the Afghans have not been subjugated through deceit, ploys, material power, troop reinforcement and military might of the foreigners," Taliban leaders said in a statement released Thursday. "Therefore, the reinforcement of the American troops and other tactics will not have impact on the status quo. But the reinforcement will provide better opportunity for the mujahedeen to launch offensives."

The U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 pushed out the Taliban, which had allowed the al Qaeda terrorist network responsible for the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington to operate from its territory. The goal of the buildup Obama announced Tuesday night is to turn back the Taliban resurgence, bolster the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and allow American forces to begin withdrawing in July 2011.

But the Taliban said Obama's plan "will fail like it did previously. It will face fiasco."


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Gary Andersen, Northridge, CA 91325

    Unfortunately, they are correct. This is a no win situation. However many years we stay there, this country will self determine its own destiny. We will always have to deal with the terrorist threat and we mostly have ourselves to blame for that. We create these people, then turn on them, and then expect them to just dissapear. It is all a farse.
    The sooner we get out of there, seal our own boarders from these intruders, start feeding the hungry of the world, the sooner these threats will decrease. As long as the 'dollar' is the driving force of our government, things will not change. And if we do eradicate , which we won't,the Taliban, someone else will just take their place. This is the world we created by greed and total disregard of other human beings on this planet. There is more money to be made making weapons, than by growing wheat and rice for starving countries. There is so much money being spent on these 'supposed' wars that we could have had health care for our own people paid for and with some left over. Obama was suppose to change all this but I think they have gotten to him. The select 'few' who really run the country. Just more of the same. Change. What a joke.

    December 3, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. PEACE ON EARTH

    Get OUR MEN and WOMEN OUT of the MIDDLE-EAST.....NOW!!

    December 3, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. casper

    i told you folks that the taliban would come out selling "wolf tickets". see if you would only get them bomber planes on the ready. you have satellite imaging to give detail points of them mountain ranges and passes....... if the united states has a satellite that can take a picture of the time of the watch you wear . them why in the heck don't you folks lay a GRID over them mountains and the mountain passes bomb the hell out them and see how they talk then............. they [taliban] say the US won't have no sucess. this is why you make it rain [bombs] 30 days and 30 nights . them send in the dogs......... let them dogs out...

    December 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. tjaman

    Thanks for the heads up. Statements released by criminals cowering in caves fill me with ever so much confidence in their agenda.

    December 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Rick in AZ

    " The idea that Humanity at large wants or desires Western style Democracy is an American delusion" Barbara Tuchman "The March of Folly"

    December 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Nat, NYC

    Russians were in Afghanistan for 10 years and they left county without Victory, but with 35,000 dead and more troops insured to the rest of they lives physically and mentally. No one can win against the people who think they have to defend they country against of occupants.

    December 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Too bad that "The Decider" dithered on Afghanistan and we Americans have to continue to pay for Bush/Cheney incompetence.

    December 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. gary

    Why is this a story on the ticker? WQhat did cnn expect the Taliban to say? How simple are the editors of these stories.

    December 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. rednekhank

    The U.S. already has "faced a fiasco:"

    The Bush/Cheney years.

    December 3, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Sean

    Too late Taliban! Bush Cheney and Rumsfeld have already seen to that!

    December 3, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Telling the enemy (guerrilla enemy at that) when you are going to leave. How stupid! How many Afghans are going to side with the U.S. when they have the taliban breathing down their necks and they know, by our own admission, that we will be leaving in the very near future? Obama just keeps showing his incompetence. It's notable that in this speech, the Kenyan-in-chief did not mention the word "win" one single time.

    December 3, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well duh.... what exactly did we expect them to say? The Taliban's full of fanatics with bravado. Let us do what we set out to do and let's see where the chips fall. For certain, to standby or stand down is NOT an option. We cannot blanket the Earth in search of these terrorists but when we withdraw it will be on OUR terms NOT theirs.

    December 3, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Earl

    Very fitting, Bozobama's presidency is a "fiasco" too.

    December 3, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Scott, Tucson

    Well we're having a fiasco in the White House, why not in Afghanistan to.

    December 3, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. The Taliban will melt into.....

    society until 2011 when Obama has to pull out everyone he sent in.....
    then thy will reappear in force......

    The Taliban care nothing for Obama's calendar.....Obama has put time on their side.....and on Al Qaeda;s side......how stupid can you be????
    Well, what would you expect from a community organizer???

    December 3, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. R.B.

    "Fiasco" is a bit harsh considering the source: out of power and hiding in the mountains. Nothing new here. Old rhetoric. All the more reason to achieve our stated objectives for victory and get out of the colloquial quagmire on schedule.

    December 3, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    I'm afraid the Taliban may be right that this will be a fiasco. I don't think Obama has what it takes to be commander in chief. War and jobs and the economy are not his thing. Obama is more suited to being a lobbist for the SEIU. Our nation is in trouble.

    December 3, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Wombat

    Let the Taliban strut and fret about on the world stage to their heart's content Let the Taliban spew their propaganda and bile. Let the Taliban issue pompous pontifications and fantasize about their own invincibility and immortality . Let them shoot their AK 47s into the air and scream "Allah akhbar" as often and as noisily as they want. But ultimately, only one single question determines their fate and that question is whether or not the United States of America, as a nation, decides to let them exist.

    December 3, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Obama = WORST president EVER

    Too late. We've already got one in the White House.

    December 3, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Not news worthy, and permitting the Taliban to air their propaganda is not not worhty of American media.

    December 3, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Wombat

    Let the Taliban strut and fret about on the world stage to their heart's content Let the Taliban spew their propaganda and bile. Let the Taliban issue pompous pontifications and fantasize about their own invincibility and immortality. Let them shoot their AK 47s into the air and scream "Allah akhbar" as often and as noisily as they want. But ultimately, only one single question determines their fate and that question is whether or not the United States of America, as a nation, decides to let them exist.

    Taliban propaganda has only a terrorist purpose; to instill enough fear, doubt and loathing so as to break our resolve to exterminate the vermin. Let’s get the job done, once and for all. Then let’s get the hell out and bring the troops home.

    December 3, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    I wonder if OBAMA and his Generals have ever studied the history of Afghanistan. What the Taliban are telling them is true. For the past three hundred years countries have tried to overthrow the government in Afghanistan without success. In recent years starting in the 1800s the British tried it only to be to costly in loss of lives they had to turn tail and run. In recent years the Russians tried it also with the same results. Why do you think all those tunnels in the mountains were built. Not for transporation but against foreign invasion. You can't even begin to blast these people out of those mountains. I wish success to our military but it saddens me a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Army that I have to watch this farce. The time to have destroyed Bin Laden is long past. A war with the Taliban should have never been. If American had gone after the al Qaeda from the first and talked truce with the Taliban. The goverment set up by America will fail miserably.

    December 3, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Yawn...

    I could care less what the Taliban *says*. As far as I am concerned the Taliban is made up of nothing more than a bunch of thugs ... preying on the weak and helpless.

    If fact, I question why any statement made by the Taliban is considered newsworthy by American news media?

    December 3, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. KMAN

    I have to agree with the Taliban here ... their rat-hole of a nation is not now and never was worth the sacrafice of our heroic soldiers or our national resources! When it comes to Afganistan ... Obama is just Bush Jr.

    December 3, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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