President Bush Answers a Key Question From Bill Roggio

President Bush met with Milbloggers in a conference yesterday to congratulate them on the job they are doing reporting the war, as well as to answer some questions. Please stop by The Long War Journal to read about the Milblogger meeting with President Bush; in it Bill Roggio asks the key question in the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Contrast the answer with this editorial from Pakistan regarding the inside attack on the SSG elite messhall in Pakistan.

According to reports the Pakistan army has killed nearly a hundred Taliban in two consecutive days on the Pak-Afghan border in North Waziristan after failing to get its 260 troops released in South Waziristan from the Taliban-Al Qaeda warlord, Baitullah Mehsud. Pakistan has deployed 90,000 troops in the area, but denies the Taliban’s claim that the army lost a hundred Pakistani troops in the same battle. Now the army can no longer deny that Al Qaeda has struck at a key centre of the Pakistan Army Special Services Group (SSG) at Tarbela-Ghazi, Haripur, NWFP, and killed 20 commandos.

It is not known definitely how the attack was mounted but suspicions are that a suicide-bomber did an “inside job” and killed his fellow-soldiers. The report which says a suicide-bomber drove a truck into the mess where the commandos were busy eating is non-sensical. Since the commandos were also involved in the operations carried out against the rebellious clerics of Lal Masjid earlier in the year, and one SSG company known as Karrar Company was involved in the operation, there is speculation that the attack could be a part of the ongoing campaign mounted by Al Qaeda to avenge the destruction of its headquarters in Islamabad.