“Afghanistan is a nation of observant Muslims but their traditional Islam is mixed with Sufi culture. Through the past three decades, Wahhabism has been relentlessly injected into the Afghan psyche…From the Saudi viewpoint, the raison d’etre of the Taliban saga of the 1990s was about ‘containing’ Shi’ite Iran, and the United States happily went along with that sordid enterprise…The Saudis are repeating what they have always done — insulate themselves from the al-Qaeda by putting rings of engagement around it, while the rest of mankind can go to hell. ”
““Gunmen in Pakistan on Monday set ablaze five trucks carrying NATO equipment out of Afghanistan”
“The war has cost American taxpayers over $1.4 trillion…Attacks by the Taliban are up 47 percent over last year, and the casualty rate for Afghan soldiers and police has increased 40 percent. The yearly desertion rate of the Afghan Army is between 27 percent and 30 percent.