http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/world/asia/23policy.html?_r=1&hp I'm really glad to hear this as I've been more troubled by the war in Afghanistan in the past few months than I'd been the past few years. The Taliban is who we're fighting there now, but it was not the Taliban but rather Al Qaeda that perpetrated the attacks of Sept. 11th. A handful of internet searches have led me to believe that the Taliban and Al Qaeda are quite distinct organizations; the Taliban had sheltered Al Qaeda members, especially Osama, for a few years now, protecting him from extradition, but as far as I can tell that's where their interconnectedness ends. At any rate the Taliban are not a good group of people, in my eyes anyways; they believe in the subjugation of women, authoritarian religious rule, and other prohibitions on the everyday freedom of Afghans. What's questionable to me is whether or not our fight is truly with them, though... Surely if we want to make Afghanistan a better place, we should be spending money on building roads, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure. With poverty comes a sense of hopelessness; no doubt the Taliban seize on such sentiments to gain new recruits. Dropping bombs and eliminating the livelihood of farmers (even if their crop is one we find reprehensible) is not making life any easier for the average Afghan. Props to our president for keeping cool and not rashly committing even more troops just to appease detractors that think he's not tough enough.