A couple of hours after Obama’s “stay the course” oration from Kabul, the boys at the US Embassy in that city are diving under their desks. Explosions are rocking the city, and the Embassy itself seems to be in the crossfire. Here‘s the latest, direct from the Embassy. Here‘s a tight-lipped Reuters report.
“My fellow Americans,” intoned the President a mere two and a half hours ago, ”we’ve travelled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon.”
The only light on the horizon in Afghanistan, apparently, is the flashing of Taliban guns. As US Embassy personnel cower in their offices, how long before the myth of American “progress” in defeating the insurgency is definitively deflated?