"I said to the Taliban in Afghanistan: Get rid of al Qaeda; see, you’re harboring al Qaeda. Remember this is a place where they trained — al Qaeda trained thousands of people in Afghanistan. And the Taliban, I guess, just didn’t believe me. And as a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence." — George W. Bush, Sept. 2004

This is an absolute disgrace. Unforgivable.

Australia’s new government has warned NATO and its allies they will lose the war against hardline Taliban forces in Afghanistan unless they change tactics urgently, a report said Monday.

More than 6 years after 9/11, George Bush has failed to achieve victory over a bunch of cave dwelling religious nuts with AK-47s. This should be hung around the GOP’s collective necks loudly and often. Each of the Republican candidates should have to explain, on a daily basis, why George Bush, commanding the most powerful military in the history of the world, has been unable to defeat the Taliban in a time period almost twice as long as World War II.

Senators Obama, Clinton, Edward and Dodd? What are you going to do about it?

Amid rising concerns about lagging progress in Afghanistan, the top U.S. commander in the region has launched a review of the American mission there with a major focus on counterterrorism efforts, a senior U.S. military official said Sunday.

Adm. William Fallon, the head of U.S. Central Command, has ordered senior staff to conduct a thorough review of the six-year-old war against al Qaeda and its Taliban allies in Afghanistan, the senior official confirmed to CNN.

Every American should find this outrageous. And every Democrat should be making it clear who’s responsible.