True, the Taliban is surging in Afghanistan, but the Taliban is not al-Qaeda, even if they sometimes agreed on tactics.
al-Qaeda overran Lahij on August 11 unchallenged, bombed the buildings specified in the memos, then left.
So al-Qaeda may well recover in months, not years, after we depart Afghanistan if the pressure on its base in Pakistan dwindles.
This requires that they effectively reverse-engineer the well-documented al-Qaeda plot to bring down the Twin Towers.
If those supplies are stopped, al-Qaeda will become stronger.
But al-Qaeda remains a strong force in Yemen and Somalia, in Libya and other parts of North Africa, in Iraq, and now in Syria.
For example, will the Force be tasked to “defeat” al-Qaeda in Afghanistan?
Today, al-Qaeda and Iran are on opposite sides of the war in Syria.
I created a Google map outlining cities where al-Qaeda operatives have been picked up.
Obama has done what can be done to help the Afghans defend themselves against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.