We should have been all over this with conventional forces in the beginning and not relied upon our Afghan brothers in the beginning to get this done without us.
"American special forces have carried out clandestine operations in the past, and Pakistan was not informed. The Taliban and al-Qaeda also did not realize what was happening with the quick-as-a-wink hit-and-run operations in the tribal areas."
This may be news to some, and I can't go into detail, but this has been happening for some time and knowing the ISI, it is probably good that we keep them in the dark as much as possible.
"However, with the new Kunar base, American special forces will carry out extended operations, which means a limited war against Taliban and al-Qaeda assets in the tribal areas. These clandestine operations can be done with or without Pakistan's consent."
And there are some very good reasons why this will become a new and interesting center of gravity in the Eastern Sector.
US intelligence spotted bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, twice in Bajaur Agency and attacked the area with Predator drones. Zawahiri was unscathed, but several militants and civilians were killed. Local Taliban sources tell Asia Times Online that Zawahiri had been moving in the area for more than 30 hours before he was spotted and targeted. Apparently, he was to meet with bin Laden.
Cry Havoc! And Let Slip the Dogs of War!