AUSTIN BAY AND REUTERS LOOK AT NATO IN AFGHANISTAN:
Since early last summer, the Taliban and its remaining Al Qaeda allies have been testing the NATO force. The Taliban wanted to inflict at least one casualty-heavy defeat on a NATO ally, and then magnify that in the media. The Talibs goal: a â€œSpanish-styleâ€ withdrawal from Afghanistan by a NATO nation.
The Taliban has failed â€“and failed miserably.