George W. Bush’s "Mission Accomplished," Afghanistan edition.

The Taliban no longer is in existence.

Yesterday:

Taliban insurgents carried out a bold assault on a remote base near the border with Pakistan on Sunday, NATO reported, and a senior American military official said nine American soldiers were killed.

The attack, the worst against Americans in Afghanistan in three years, illustrated the growing threat of Taliban militants and their associates, who in recent months have made Afghanistan a far deadlier war zone for American-led forces than Iraq.

No one could’ve predicted that invading Iraq for fun, then sending even more troops there 4 years later for the Bush/McSame Surge, would allow the Taliban and al-Qaeda to reconstitute in Afghanistan. Oh wait, someone did.

Unlike Senator John McCain, I opposed the war in Iraq before it began, and would end it as president. I believed it was a grave mistake to allow ourselves to be distracted from the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban by invading a country that posed no imminent threat and had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.

But don’t you dare ask McSame if his awesome war in Iraq has anything to do with failing to achieve victory in Afghanistan — after 7 years. It makes him very, very angry.