Commentary: Gulled by Gul
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The infamous retired Pakistani spy chief general Hamid Gul is back on the air and in the headlines as propaganda chief for the Taliban insurgents. He now claims the Taliban is 88,000-strong and ready to take over when U.S. and NATO forces leave Afghanistan. With fewer than 100 al-Qaida terrorists still in Afghanistan, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, U.S. emissaries with bundles of serious cash, making hard-to-refuse deals with warlords, would be more bang for the buck than 30,000 more U.S. soldiers -- at $1 million per soldier per year.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large