That golden Obama touch.
THE Afghan government will collapse and Taliban insurgents are likely to retake power after the US and NATO pull their troops out in 2014, a respected international scholar predicts.
The withdrawal of international forces will in some respects leave the country worse off than it was before a US-led invasion toppled the Taliban nearly 11 years ago, Afghan expert Gilles Dorronsoro of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said.
“In the end the withdrawal is the result of a failed strategy,” he wrote in an analysis published this week.
Even US President Barack Obama’s troop surge, which pumped an extra 33,000 soldiers into Afghanistan two years ago — before they were withdrawn this month – had failed, he said.
“After 2014, the level of US support for the Afghan regime will be limited and, after a new phase in the civil war, a Taliban victory will likely follow,” Dorronsoro said.
I just hope once they’re back in power than nobody makes any crude YouTube videos offending them.