Turkey in Afghanistan: Obama Sneaks into Kabul to Beg Karzai to
Clean Up His Act
by David Lindorff
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a scene was this: The president of the United States, commander-in-chief
of the mightiest war machine the world has ever known, sneaking
into one of the poorest countries in the world and meeting with
the corrupt leader of that country, where he has committed 100,000
troops to battle, to beg with that corrupt leader to clean
up his corrupt and profoundly inept government.
thousand American soldiers as well as many civilian aid workers,
not to mention tens of thousands of innocent Afghans, have died
in an eight-year war that the US launched in 2001, originally with
the intent solely of ousting the existing Taliban government and
destroying the bases of mostly Arab fighters who had been assisting
the Taliban in their fight against Russian-allied warlords.
Over the years,
with the Al Qaeda fighters destroyed or pushed out of Afghanistan,
the war has grown and morphed into a grinding and so far losing
battle against indigenous Taliban fighters and Afghan nationalists
and tribalists who are trying trying to drive out the US. But after
eight years of fighting, the goal of the war, on the American side,
has only become less and less clear.
That goal now
appears to be: crushing the Taliban and creating a modern, functioning
nation state with a government that at least has the grudging respect
of the populace.
But none of
that is really likely to happen.
The US military
recently staged a fake, movie-set battle in a rural area of southeastern
Afghanistan, claiming it was assaulting a large town of 80,000,
allegedly infested with Taliban fighters an alleged center of the
insurgency. With the support of an either duped or incredibly corrupt
US press corps, the military went into the area, which was actually
a group of scattered farming villages with a central market, claiming
it would operate under new rules of engagement designed to protect
civilians, and then, after clearing out the Taliban, set up a model
badly from the start, when the Marines fired a rocket salvo into
a home and killed 12 innocent civilians, including children. In
the end some 30 civilians were killed, very few actual Taliban fighters
were killed or captured, as they fled the scene in the weeks leading
up to the highly advertised offensive, and to cap it off, the Afghan
soldiers who hung behind as the Marines went into the area, when
they did finally enter the battle zone themselves, proceeded to
strip the market area, stealing anything of value.
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© 2010 David Lindorff