Oh, now. Don’t you think Muqtada al-Sadr deserves a little credit too?

In a rare video message, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a renegade Afghan warlord allied with the Taliban, claimed that American troops will be forced out of Afghanistan like the Soviets before them.

The leader of the Hezb-e-Islami militant group also touted the Republican Party defeat in last month’s midterm elections as a victory for militants fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“It seems that every bullet that mujahedeen had fired toward the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan has turned into a vote against Bush,” Hekmatyar said in the undated video statement received by AP Television News in Pakistan.

“There is no doubt that is a great victory and success for Afghan and Iraqi mujahedeen,” he said. “I am convinced that the fate Soviet Union faced is awaiting America as well.”

Wait ’til he has to deal with President Obama, though. Then he won’t talk so tough.

Thanks to RightWinged for the tip.

Tags: Barack Obama