"They are regrouping," Richard Barno, an analyst at the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said of the militants. "Is this part of a bigger plan to take over Mogadishu? I think so. They are preparing themselves."
The Bush Administration has backed the presence of Ethiopian troops to shore up the Somali Government, fearing that the rebels could seize control of the Horn of Africa nation and provide a refuge for Islamic militants from other nations.
It looks as though yet another of this administration's covert military misadventures is about to backfire yet again.
One has to wonder if the criteria for joining Bush's administration included an absolute absence of any understanding of history or culture, coupled with a strong penchant for magical thinking.
Nothing else can quite seem to explain the never-ending string of international and domestic disasters which have marked these last eight years.