While McCain Trumps Up Gains in Iraq, Afghanistan is Falling to Pieces

Via Ben, the McClatchy national-security blogging team has unearthed a gem about the forgotten war in Afghanistan: May was the most violent month since the war started.

[L]isten to John McCreary, a former senior intelligence analyst for the Joint Chiefs of Staff who compiles NightWatch, an insightful analysis by a veteran professional of daily international developments drawn from open, unclassified sources. His take today on Afghanistan paints a far different - and gloomier - picture.

According to McCreary, May saw more violence than any other month since the 2001 U.S. intervention that toppled the Taliban and forced Osama bin Laden and his followers to flee into Pakistan. He says there were 214 violent incidents in more than 100 of the country’s 398 districts last month. That was up from April’s count of 199 violent incidents in 86 districts.

Writes McCreary: “Despite official efforts to spotlight improvement, the spring offensive this year is far worse than last year’s spring offensive. The security situation has deteriorated again. At no prior time has the Taliban managed to stage attacks in over 100 of the 398 districts.”
Remember that the outgoing commander, Army Gen. Dan McNeill, said that we need a whopping 400,000 troops in Afghanistan to succeed. And all this is happening while GOP nominee John McCain touts the decline May’s decline in Iraq violence on the campaign trail.

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