POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 4:22pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm
More than 100 killed in Afghan & Pakistan attacks...
It's been another deadly day in Afghanistan and in neighboring Pakistan, where more than 90 people died in a bombing near the Afghan border.
The timing is significant.
Afghanistan is facing another election and President Obama is considering send more U.S. forces.
The worst attack was in Peshawar, Pakistan, a city next to Afghanistan that's full of Taliban sympathizers.
The car bomb ripped into a market, killing scores of women and children.
Terrorists used the bombing to send a defiant message to the Pakistan government, that's been assaulting Taliban strongholds nearby
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Pakistan, fired back.
"These extremists are committed to destroying that which is dear to us as much as they are committed to destroying that which is dear to you and all people," said Secretary of State Clinton.
230 miles away, in Kabul, Afghanistan, extremists attacked a guest house used by U.N. Workers.
At least 11 people died.
It’s a challenge to Afghan President Karzai, up for reelection in a week.
And a challenge to President Obama who on Wednesday signed a bill authorizing billions more for the fight in Afghanistan and he's considering send a lot more U.S. forces.
In the latest NBC News poll, only 25% of the U.S. public had more confidence in the president to set troop levels in Afghanistan.
62% had more confidence in U.S. generals like Stan McChrystal who wants 40,000 more troops.
But, oddly, that big of a force increase is the least favored in the poll.
And many democratic lawmakers fear the more troops we send to Afghanistan the better for al Qaeda.
“This is a great deal for them. To have us expend so much energy, while they continue to act in Pakistan and around the world, is a mistake,” said democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.
Experts agree, Pakistan, and not Afghanistan, is al Qaeda central, at least for now.