Cannonfire - February 18, 2009
Obama, the anti-war president, is sending 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. If that news unsettles you, that you may want to read the most recent piece from AntiFascist (whose excellent I work I really must plug more often). More fighting in Pakistan will place greater strain on Pakistan — and I’m not sure how much more strain they can take.
Not only are the Taliban regaining their muscles in Afghanistan, they also are also starting to take over Pakistan. There, they are known as the TTP — the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, led by the mysterious Baitullah Mahsud (who may or may not be dead, depending on which report you believe). The CIA says that the TTP was behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.