What the hell are we doing in Afghanistan?
We are not into nation building and yet that looks exactly like what we are attempting to do in Afghanistan.
The Afghan central government under Hamid Karzai is in shambles and rife with corruption from top to bottom.
A new Pentagon survey shows that it could take ten years or more before the so-called Afghan Army is ready to take control of security.
The US military has been reduced to fighting skirmishes and firefights in the middle of nowhere in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan with nothing whatsoever to be gained by this type of military "mission."
The United Press today released the following story which is a sober reflection of conditions in Afghanistan and should give pause to anyone who thinks we should be fighting a war in Afghanistan.
The Al Qaeda organization has long ago left Afghanistan and now are in Pakistan and Yemen as well as many other countries around the world. Capturing or even killing Usama bin Laden wouldn't mean a damn thing because there is always going to be someone else to step in and assume control of Al Qaeda.
Look at it this way.
When Al Capone was sent to jail for tax evasion, the syndicate or mob didn't fold up. There were "lientants" willing and able to step right in and run the mafia and they did.
Here is what UPI reported today:
KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Corruption and a weak central government in Kabul leave many Afghan villagers with no other choice than to work with the Taliban shadow government.
NATO officials this week said the Taliban has a shadow government waiting with ministers chosen should the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai fall.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001 when U.S. and international forces removed the radical Sunni movement from power in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
With U.S. forces preoccupied with the war in Iraq, the Taliban have evolved into a vibrant insurgency, regaining control over several Afghan provinces.
Taliban commanders in the southern Afghan province of Helmand started issuing travel permits in August from the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" in order to allow travel to and from the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.
NATO officials say the Taliban have shadow governments in 33 of the 34 Afghan provinces and local communities, concerned about the weakness of the central government, are looking to the Taliban for help, the Times of London reports.
Karzai won a contested second term in office through an election that was widely considered a sham. The Times said that while the Taliban enforce a strict form of Islamic law, many Afghans prefer that to the slow movement of a corrupt bureaucracy.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 5:15 AM