It might seem an odd time for it, with most of the Afghan capital still cleaning up after a bloody 18-hour siege, but NATO officials are loudly cheering their “progress” in the war.
“The attacks were planned, they were coordinated, they grabbed the headlines, but they didn’t cause mass casualties,” insisted NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu, adding that the Afghan forces were able to deal with it “largely on their own.”
NATO’s attempts to spin the attack as vindication aren’t convincing everyone, however, and President Hamid Karzai faulted NATO both for its inability to predict such a huge attack and for reacting so slowly.
The bottom line of NATO’s reaction mirrored those after the Kandahar massacre and the Quran burnings—that it is going to “stay the course” and that the current war strategy, 11 years into the occupation, is still good enough.
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