Obama's national security adviser skipped his Sunday bike ride to do interviews on CBS and CNN, where he assured viewers that contrary to the assessment of General Stanley McChrystal, Jones doesn't "foresee the return of the Taliban and I want to be clear that Afghanistan is not in imminent danger of falling." This comes just as an ISAF outpost in the eastern province of Nuristan was overrun by Taliban with eight U.S. troops killed in action.
Meanwhile, UK General David Richards, the head of the British Army, seems to share McChrystal's grim view:
In an unprecedented intervention, the chief of the general staff described the conflict as "this generation's war" and added that failure by Nato would have an "intoxicating effect" on militant Islam.
In his first interview as the head of the Army, Sir David told The Sunday Telegraph that if Britain and Nato failed in Afghanistan the risks to the western world would be "enormous" and "unimaginable".
He said: "If al-Qaeda and the Taliban believe they have defeated us - what next? Would they stop at Afghanistan? Pakistan is clearly a tempting target not least because of the fact that it is a nuclear-weaponed state and that is a terrifying prospect. Even if only a few of those (nuclear) weapons fell into their hands, believe me they would use them. The recent airlines plot has reminded us that there are people out there who would happily blow all of us up."
But even as U.S. outposts are being overrun by the Taliban, as the U.S. commander in Afghanistan has requested 45,000 additional troops in order to regain the initiative, as the head of the British Army is warning of worst case scenarios and a Taliban victory over the West, Obama's national security adviser is out telling the American people that there's nothing to worry about, the Taliban can't come back, Afghanistan can't fail apart. And this was supposed to be the "reality-based" presidency that would end the war in Iraq in order to focus on the "real threat" from al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.