Did Ken Mehlman Really Suggest The U.S.-Led Coalition "Cut And Run" From Afghanistan?
What did Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman mean when he said today on NBC's Today Show that the Bush Administration doesn't want Iraq to become "another Afghanistan"?
(Video available here. It's the third option under "Today Show Video.")
Here's the exchange with host Meredith Vieira:
VIEIRA: Do you gentleman believe that the administration will have no choice but to change its strategy?
MEHLMAN: Uh, Meredith, I think that what you're going to see is that there's a continued focus on the goal, and the goal is defeating the terrorists and making sure that Iraq is able to not be another Afghanistan, which would become the consequence if we, if we were to "cut and run."
Is Mehlman suggesting that the U.S.-led coalition "cut and run" from Afghanistan -- by focusing our attention on Iraq, and by no longer considering Osama Bin Laden's capture crucial to winning the war on terror?
Or is Mehlman suggesting that the U.S.-led coalition is no longer "defeating the terrorists" in Afghanistan, because -- unlike what President Bush said in 2004 -- the Taliban is very much in "existence."
Considering Mehlman is the top Republican spokesman, the snippet from Today either qualifies as the biggest blunder of the year, or the biggest admission.