WTOP Radio, April 14, 2008

Former CIA Official: U.S. Losing War in Afghanistan

"Unfortunately, it would involve several major politicians saying we've lied to you for the last 15 years."

J.J. Green,

WASHINGTON - The U.S. is on the verge of losing the war in Afghanistan, says a former top CIA official who was involved in attempts to capture and kill Osama bin Laden.

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The UN called 2007 the bloodiest year in Afghanistan since 2001. (AP photos)

"Afghanistan of course is a terrible disaster for the United States and NATO. NATO seems to be dying in Afghanistan," says Mike Scheuer, who headed the CIA's Osama Bin Laden unit when the war began.

Scheuer is no longer with the agency. His harsh assessment comes in his new book, "Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq."

"What we managed to do was what invaders of Afghanistan always do. We took the cities and declared victory, but we didn't kill the enemy," Scheuer tells WTOP.

"The enemy escaped, the Taliban and al Qaida, now we have a growing insurgency in Afghanistan. And, we certainly don't very many more troops to send there."

So, why is the war a disaster? Scheuer says the U.S. made some horrible miscalculations.

"We tried to do Afghanistan on the cheap," he says.

More than 12,000 people, including some 350 foreign soldiers, have been killed since 2006 in Afghanistan. A UN report said there were 8,000 conflict-related deaths in 2007 - a fifth of which were civilians. Over 130 suicide attacks were committed in Afghanistan during 2007
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"We tried to win a war with several hundred intelligence officers and about a thousand special forces."

What does Scheuer think should happen now?

"Unfortunately, it would involve several major politicians saying we've lied to you for the last 15 years."

WTOP has contacted the Department of Defense but the department has yet to respond.

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