One of those reasons being, the Afghanis are far from being a unified state, with the overwhelming majority of the people falling along tribal lines and desperately illiterate and poor. The terrain was also another factor as well as the history of the region, Afghanis excel in fighting guerrilla wars from obscure caves and crevices, besides, it’s just to difficult of a region to properly cover and to defend.
So given the above reasons, as well as the belief that Saddam Hussein had WMD’s, as well as plans to further develop them (please read the Duelfer Report) once the UN sanctions were finally busted/rescinded, gave the US all the reasons it needed to resume hostilities (meaning ending the cease fire) with Iraq and drive Saddam from power. That said, it’s a good thing that the West isn’t facing both Iraq and Iran concerning the race to build a nuke bomb, and we have George W.Bush and US allies like the UK and Denmark etc., to thank.
The following article, no matter the degree to which this Taliban leader is bloviating, shows why Afghanistan would always be the second choice for the Bush administration to place US soldiers on the ground. Right now, his wisdom in tackling Iraq first is proving to have been a sound policy. KGS
Afghanistan: Taliban ‘controls 90% of country’
Kabul, 13 April (AKI) – Taliban militants control 90 percent of Afghanistan and are cooperating with Arab Al-Qaeda fighters on the ground, according to Pakistani warlord Sirajuddin Haqqani. He made the claim in an interview posted in Arabic to several jihadist websites.
“We Taliban currently control 90 percent of Afghan territory, and the mujahadeen (‘holy warriors’) control the rest of the country,” said 30-year-old Haqqani.
“We are cooperating closely with foreign fighters on the battlefield,” he said.
He is the son of the powerful Haqqani network’s leader Sirajuddin Haqqani and is described by jihadist sites as a member of the Taliban tribal council in the southeastern provinces of Paktika and Khost.
“The occupying forces and apostates are confined to just a few places,” he added.