The Taliban’s top military commander has been arrested in a secret joint US-Pakistani operation in Karachi, Pakistan. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was a close associate of Osama bin Laden, and is the highest-level Taliban figure to be arrested since the war in Afghanistan started, back in 2001.
So, how long do we have to wait before Cheney apologizes for his repeated accusations that Obama’s approach to fighting terrorism is putting the US at risk? With this news, it seems like Obama’s approach is working far better than anything Bush and Cheney were able to come up with — especially their belligerent macho posturing and distain for diplomacy or international cooperation.
UPDATE: Two more senior Taliban leaders were just arrested in Pakistan and now US Marines have seized what appears to be a Taliban headquarters (including photos of Taliban fighters, Taliban-issued ID cards, and diplomas from a training camp in Pakistan). That means that Obama has caught more Taliban leaders in one month than Bush and Cheney did in six years. Does that mean that Obama now gets to stand up in front of a big sign that says “Mission Accomplished” and laugh his ass off?
UPDATE 2: Colin Powell, Secretary of State under Bush, says that Cheney’s claims that Obama is making the country less safe are false.