And in the latest example of the Bush administration’s Orwellian doublethink, an increase in suicide bombings means we’re winning in Afghanistan according to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Seriously.
Gates conceded there’s “a rising security issue” there, but said “it’s because the Taliban are turning to terrorism, having failed in conventional military conflict with the NATO allies.”
“And so we are seeing more suicide bombings, more use of (improvised explosive devices), and so on. These are actions of people whose conventional military efforts have failed,” he said. “The rise in violence and attacks like we saw in Kabul are manifestations of a group that has lost in regular military terms in 2007 and is turning to terrorism as a substitute for that.”
Riiiiiggghhhttt. And if I close my eyes and wish really, really hard, I’ll find a million dollars under my pillow.