West Facing Near-Defeat in Afghanistan
Siraj Wahab, Arab News
JEDDAH, 19 September 2007 Michael Scheuer, the former head of CIAs Bin Laden Tracking Unit, says too few soldiers and too many agendas have led to a near-defeat in Afghanistan.
Scheuer, whose book, Through Our Enemies Eyes, was mentioned by Osama Bin Laden in a video released recently, argues that the United States and its allies have not devoted enough resources to winning the fight against the Taleban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
I think it is a dastardly way to treat our people in uniform, Scheuer told Canadas CTV. They (the soldiers) have to keep (Hamid) Karzais government in power; they have to defeat the Taleban insurgency; they have to reconstruct the economy; they are supposed to build a democracy; they are assigned to eradicate the heroin industry and, in their spare time, they can go after Bin Laden.
Scheuer says that Canadian and NATO leaders have betrayed their soldiers in Afghanistan by not providing a clear focus and sufficient support. Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists, he says, were inspired by their victory over the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He fears that a loss in Afghanistan will hand Bin Laden another inspirational victory.
Scheuer says the US should never have invaded Iraq and is on the verge of losing the war in that country. He says America and the Wests unqualified support for Israel is one of the major reasons for the rise in acts of terror.
When we are defeated there, and when we are defeated in Iraq, Bin Laden suddenly becomes a figure of world importance because he predicted long ago that the Americans and their allies are soft ... and will eventually be easier to defeat than the Soviets.
Bin Laden mentioned Scheuers book specifically in his latest video when he tried to explain why the West was losing in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you want to understand whats going on and if you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing the war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer, said Bin Laden in his last video appearance.