The Taliban on Obama's speech: More troops means more targets
There are no major surprises in the Taliban's response on the Voice of Jihad web page to President Obama's speech on next steps in Afghanistan. You can also read the Taliban's response to President Obama's plan here in PDF format at a non-terrorist site. Here are some of the main themes:
"You send more troops, we'll have more to kill"
The reinforcement of the American troops and other tactics will not have impact on the status quo. But the reinforcement will provide better opportunity for the Mujahideen to launch offensives. On the other hand, it will deepen the crisis of the American economy which is already in shambles .... The Afghans and the public of the world saw that the more they increased the number of troops and sped up training the forces, the more the Mujahideen gained strength and spread their influence into the ranks of the (surrogate) forces. Furthermore, the people's support with the Mujahideen has increased in parallel .... You have already seen the reaction of the Afghans in the shape of national Islamic upheaval in response to your blind bombardment, brutal torture, operations and frequent reinforcement in the past eight years, you must wait a more severe reaction in the years to come.
"Honest, we're not the bad guys here"
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has frequently said that we have no intention of harming any one. Therefore, the presence of foreign invading forces in Afghanistan has nothing to do with the security of the world. Obama sometimes calls this war, a war of necessity; sometimes he calls it a war for the defense of the West and some times, a war being waged for the security of the world.
"Wrong answer, guys!"
The American President Obama has announced his strategy after months of dithering. The essence of the strategy shows that the needs and wants of the American people have been overlooked during the framing of this strategy and it has been formulated under the pressure of (army) generals of Pentagon, the American Neo-conservatives and the wealthiest fews of America and for the protection of their interests. Hence it is a strategy of colonialism aimed at securing interests of the American capitalists and it seems America has vast and protracted but wicked and hostile plans not only for Afghanistan but for the whole region. There is neither a new point in the Obama's strategy, nor it contains any solution for the Afghan issue .... The Obama's assertion to increase and train more soldiers and police for the Kabul Administration is pointless and not result-oriented .... the Mujahideen have high morale and complete readiness and believe that Obama's new strategy will fail like it did previously. It will face fiasco.
"What bases in Pakistan?"
We neither have bases in Pakistan nor we need such bases outside Afghanistan. We have control over vast swathes of land in the country and do not face any problem about our activities and residence. They raise the issue of our residing in Pakistan in order to distract the attention ( of the world) from our capability and strong resistance in Afghanistan.
Editor's note: Tony Prudori writes at the excellent MILNEWS.ca website and will contribute to Threat Matrix on Taliban propaganda.