Editorial, The New York Times | October 15, 2008
Even President Bush has now come to realize that Afghanistan is "the real frontline in the war on terror." ++ America's sixteen intelligence agencies agree that Afghanistan is on a "downward spiral." ++ Sobering estimates say it will be five to ten years before Afghanistan is stabilized. ++ More troops are needed and if NATO allies are unwilling to send them, they should contribute monetarily. ++ It's time Bush stopped cosseting President Karzai; working with tribal leaders and negotiating with the Taliban is the only way forward.