Anne Davies; 10/10/09
Eight US soldiers dead and 30 Afghan police captured. The Taliban raid on an isolated US outpost in Nuristan a week ago seemed to represent all that is wrong with America’s conduct of war in Afghanistan. It could not have come at a worse time for President Barack Obama. Here was an under-resourced US army effort, a wily and brazen Taliban and a local population willing to conceal 300 insurgents until they were ready to charge. The planned closure of the base was delayed because the US army could not provide the transport needed to shift it. All this week The Washington Post unpicked in detail a similar catastrophe that was excruciating to the government.