The Taliban is demonstrating in American blood that it still is in control of much of Afghanistan. Five more troops were killed yesterday, bringing to 51 the number killed so far this month, the BBC reports. A roadside bomb killed the five Americans in southern Afghanistan. Five Afghan police were killed overnight.
The deaths come at a time when some NATO countries are not only facing major economic problems but also widespread protests.
Last Saturday, 30 American special forces were killed. Twenty-two were from the same Navy Seal team that assassinated Osama Bin Laden. None had taken part in that raid into Pakistan. Six Afghan troops and a civilian interpreter also were killed.
Not an auspicious beginning for President Obama’s plans to begin handing over control of security to Afghan forces. And it remains a huge drag on the U.S. economy. The biggest cost of the military forces deployed is not their service pay and benefits, but the related costs of keeping them in the two countries.