Anthony Cordesman is a senior analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. The Independent quotes him:
"The US is now losing the war against the Taliban. Pakistan may officially be an ally but much of its conduct has made it a major threat to US strategic interests." ... (link)Pakistan's presidential hopeful Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhutto, echoes this assessment. He says the Taliban have "the upper hand". A Russian statesman has similar comments:
NATO will be defeated in Afghanistan without Russia's help - RogozinMeanwhile, Reuters reports that militants in Karachi, Pakistan set fire to two armored personnel carriers (APCs) destined for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, according to police.
MOSCOW, Aug 26 - The NATO operation in Afghanistan will not be successful without Russia's assistance, said Russia's ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.
"Without our help the whole campaign will fail. It will be another Vietnam," he told a press conference at the Interfax head office on Tuesday.
Moscow "did everything it could to keep this cooperation going," he said.
"It would be madness if NATO further deteriorates its relations with Russia," the Russian official said.
Currently, all NATO cargoes are going through Pakistan, which has certain risks, and up to 40% is being either lost or stolen on the way, he said.
"And after the resignation of Pervez Musharraf we expect this situation to get much worse," Rogozin said... (link)