Well, if the objective is not victory in Iran, why should it be victory against the Taliban? Welcome to post-modern warfare!
“Cantor: Obama Still Deliberating Whether We Need to Defeat Taliban,” by John McCormack at the Weekly Standard blog, October 6 (thanks to Dan):
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) just wrapped up a conference call with reporters following a meeting he attended with other members of Congress, the president and his advisers at the White House this afternoon. Cantor said that during the meeting President Obama made “very clear” his goal is to “dismantle al Qaeda and its extremist allies.” As recently as a week ago, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that defeating al Qaeda’s extremist allies means defeating the Taliban, but there have been reports that some White House advisers think the goal should be defeating just al Qaeda, not the Taliban.
Cantor recalled the president said during the meeting that “that discussion is ongoing about whether you can actually separate the two–al Qaeda and the Taliban.”
Hmmm, that’s a read head-scratcher!