Could this be
a strategy? If so, it would have the subtlety and cleverness of Sun Tzu
It's been no mystery and no surprise that the on-their-heels Afghan Northern Alliance, beaten back to a few obscure redoubts in their losing battle for control of their country, have pitched themselves as potential US allies in the fight against the Taliban.
But now they actually seem to be gaining victories on the ground. And in part it seems they've been able to accomplish this because the American build-up is tying down Taliban forces.
This is worth paying attention to.