July 14th, 2009
10:36 AM ET

False sense of security in Afghanistan?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/14/afghanistan.us.marines/art.marines.gi.jpg caption="U.S. Marines walk through a field on patrol on July 13, 2009, in Mian Poshteh, Afghanistan."]
Rowan Scarborough

The first major troop incursion into southern Afghanistan under a new U.S. war strategy has been met by a tried-and-true tactic from Islamic insurgents: go to ground and watch.

U.S. Central Command issued a press release extolling the success. Likewise, a Marine general declared victory in retaking a key town.

"U.S. Marines meet little resistance as they push into south Afghanistan," a Marine press release crowed.

But a senior military intelligence officer tells HUMAN EVENTS that commanders should resist a false sense of security, after such Taliban strongholds as the town of Khan Neshin in Helmand Province fell in the campaign's first week.

And the 4,000 U.S. Marines who launched the offensive should not feel safe and secure.


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