As the Taliban taunts the United States on the 23rd anniversary of the previous Soviet withdrawal, one can't help but grimace at the underlying credibility of such confidence.
"Today’s American occupying invaders and their coalition allies are facing the same future the Russian invaders faced in the past".
Whether the war is being fought for benign reasons or malicious ones, the majority of the American public feels as though the US should pull out of Afghanistan. Since the US is established on democratic values, this sentiment will only encourage political leaders to pull out sooner, despite the timeline already shortened by Panetta.The Taliban know that the US doesn't have the stomach for such a prolonged conflict, and they are rightfully exploiting it by releasing such statements.
Other grandiose statements seem not so credible, though:
“Selfish Americans must learn a lesson from … the Russian defeat and no longer fight a meaningless battle with zealous Afghans and take their invading forces out as soon as possible,” the Afghan Taliban said in an emailed statement to media.
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