Second-ranking Taliban leader captured

A major player in the Taliban, who was also a close to bin Laden, is now in custody:

The Taliban’s top military commander was captured several days ago in Karachi, Pakistan, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence forces, according to American government officials.

The commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is an Afghan described by American officials as the most significant Taliban figure to be detained since the American-led war in Afghanistan started more than eight years ago. He ranks second in influence only to Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban’s founder, and was a close associate of Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mullah Baradar has been in Pakistani custody for several days, with American and Pakistani intelligence officials both taking part in interrogations, according to the officials.

What’s stunning is that this guy, like Bin Laden and Mullah Omar, have been on the loose since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan back in October of 2001. The war in Afghanistan will rate as one of the biggest failings of the failed presidency of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

The GOPers who have been bitching about the Christmas Day bombing suspect never challenged Bush to find the people who attacked the U.S. on September 11th. If Bush had followed through in the war against Al Qaeda (instead of getting distracted by the war in Iraq and furthering inciting anti-American feelings), one wonders if there even could have been an attempted bombing on Christmas Day.

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