In the gossip mill it was said that Hamid Karzai, the puppet installed by the USA in Kabul use to cry, given his predicament, in front of demanding foreign delegations who did not fully appreciate that he was merely tentatively only the 'mayor of Kabul' if that, and not much else.
People sometimes grow with their offices, and indeed Ahmedinejad has grown in his position as President of Iran, neighbor of Afghanistan. Ahmedinejad in public service to the desperately poor, sanctioned Iranian people very lately has identified the great corruption in Iran, led by the mullahs, and the need to reduce the power of the illiterate mullah puppets constitutionally, so that Iran can become a fully functioning modern country.
This must be the same with Hamid Karzai, who will soon retire like Ahmedinejad, and he must be thinking of his wider legacy towards his people. Like Ahmedinejad, Karzai may exercise very little power, however that should not prevent him from telling the truth in his second and last term in office. This will almost certainly increase his credibility with his people.
The Taliban sadly was created by the USA from 1994, as their proxy power, with Pakistan acting as the manager of the Taliban, and as the go between. The creation of the Taliban allowed the USA to pursue certain pre-set objectives in Afghanistan....and was sold as "strategic depth" to the Pakistan military. This wider relationship Karzai has not informed his people ABOUT, because he is a puppet of the USA. However in all sincerity, I think Karzai should tell his people about this relationship as it clarifies matters for the Afghan people who have been suffering a 33 year war in their country, due to the actions of meddling outside powers.
USA action in Afghanistan is predicated on bad faith, so no good outcomes can be hoped for from the USA. To do so would be foolish, and naive. This bad faith has determined USA policy in Afghanistan for 12 years, and this will not change, due to the nature of who runs the USA.
The USA is using Afghanistan as a huge heroin plantation. Karzai should already know this fact as President of Afghanistan with his own intelligence service. He should also know because his own brother was intimately involved in this CIA/Pentagon enterprise for their Wall Street masters.
It is not advisable at this stage for Karzai to use his office to highlight this huge Heroin crime in Afghanistan by the CIA/Pentagon with their beautiful ironed suits and uniforms and urbane, dare say smiling, sophisticated demeanor. (snakes...if we must reduce them to the level of animals)
HOWEVER, this FACT must be grasped to understand why it has taken the CIA/Pentagon 12-14 years to pacify Afghanistan, whereas in the case of Germany and Japan, once occupied, it was at most 1/2 years. After all nobody in Afghanistan really liked the Taliban most of all the 50% non-Pashtuns, with their alien Arab mercenaries, and bizarre ways and means.
The CIA/Pentagon need a plausible foil, so that they can extend their stay in Afghanistan, and that foil is the Taliban, which is predominantly run by the ISI, which itself is funded by the CIA. This allows them greater time to harvest Afghan heroin, and fix markets around the drug.
The Americans entered Afghanistan under false pretenses, illegally.....after they carried out 9/11 themselves.....blaming their agents and creation "al-CIA-duh" for the deed, THEN set about creating an artificial war in Afghanistan lasting 12-14 years, which may kill 100,000 people......using the Taliban, which is a "Controlled Opposition" of the CIA/Pentagon.
Afghanistan is a Failed State. Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt states on earth. There has been little or no development in Afghanistan since the USA entered....HOWEVER many good innocent Afghans continue to die due to American military action, primarily.
What Hamid Karzai has identified in the below post is GLADIO types of operations, used by NATO in Europe from 1950---1990.
The USA will reduce its forces to smaller numbers in 2014. This should be seen as an opportunity to expel them finally from the soil of Ariana........and the FINAL destruction of the CIA/Pentagon heroin plantations.
In doing so, before that event Karzai must educate his people about the exact nature of the Taliban, and how it emerged from nowhere in 1994 through the USA. The Afghan people should not have any delusions about the Taliban.
By doing such things, Karzai will feel a proper proud Afghan serving his people, and no longer the man who bursts into tears in front of strangers.
Vows to Ban NATO From Universities Over Student Kidnappingsby Jason Ditz at antiwar.com
Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered a nationally televised speech today accusing US occupation forces of “collusion” with the Taliban aimed at convincing his government that a large presence of international forces was still needed.
Karzai cited a pair of suicide bombings on Saturday, targeting a Khost checkpoint and the Defense Ministry, claiming they were aimed specifically at “frightening us into thinking that if the foreigners are not in Afghanistan, we would be facing these sorts of incidents.”
Gen. Joseph Dunford insisted Karzai’s claims were “categorically false,” and insisted that it was “understandable” that tensions were rising with the Afghan government because of the balance between NATO’s need to “complete its mission” and Afghans’ hope to exercise more sovereignty.
The Karzai government has also announced a full ban on all NATO troops entering university grounds nationwide, and accused the CIA of playing a role in the recent kidnapping of one student at Kandahar University, and of roles in the capture and abuse of other students.
100 Billion USD in Aid Squandered in Afghanistan
According to recent testimony by John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction (SIGAR), the United States has spent nearly 100 billion USD to rebuild Afghanistan in the last decade
By David Francis at RAWA.
The decision by the United States Agency for International Development to scrap the completion of a dam project meant to supply electricity to Kandahar, the spiritual home of the Taliban in Afghanistan, is the latest and perhaps largest failure of the United States to use development dollars to create stability by building Afghan infrastructure.
USAID had planned to spend $266 million to repair the Kajaki Dam, located in Helmand province, and to install turbines that would provide electricity to Kandahar City. More than 50 American soldiers were killed taking the area around the dam. USAID now plans to pass responsibility for installation of the turbines to the Afghan national power company, despite the widespread lack of confidence in Afghan government bodies.
The abandonment of the Kajaki project is the latest in a string of failures that were once thought to be essential to the long-term success of the NATO mission in southern Afghanistan. But as the war draws to a close, these projects lie incomplete, and America and its allies seem content to abandon them.
“Honestly, it’s a tragic waste of blood and treasure,” said Malou Innocent, a foreign policy analyst at CATO. “There’s been so much that’s been invested in Afghanistan. Now we’re recognizing that it’s come at a very steep cost.”
DEVELOPMENT FAILURES ACROSS SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN
The United States originally built the Kajaki dam in the 1950s. As part of the 2010 surge, USAID and the Pentagon planned to upgrade the dam to make it able to provide electricity to Kandahar. But the effort was stymied from the start. The Taliban refused to yield the land without a fight, causing multiple American casualties.
The Kajaki Dam in Helmand Province. (Photo: PA)
Now that USAID has access to the site, it has found the work not to be worth the costs. Instead, it’s giving the Afghan national electricity company $70 million to install the turbine, despite the fact that the company has a less-than-stellar performance record.
A similar situation is developing in the Arghandab valley, east of Helmand in Kandahar. USAID and the Canadian development authority had committed more than $50 million to improve irrigation canals running from the Dahla dam in northern Kandahar to the valley. The hope was that better irrigation systems would encourage farmers in the valley to stop growing poppy and start growing pomegranate.
I visited the valley in the fall of 2010 with Gen. Ben Hodges, then the highest-ranking American officer in Kandahar, and Gen. Jeffrey Bannister, the man who replaced Hodges soon after my visit. As we rode over the serrated peaks that lined the road down into valley, Hodges explained that new irrigation systems would allow farmers to make a living growing legal plants. At the time, farmers grew poppy, hid it on trucks and smuggled it out of the country through Pakistan. Pomegranate would ultimately be Kandahar’s salvation, he said.
But even then, the task of building the canals was difficult. A USAID official tried to explain to Bannister that U.S. contractors did not have the expertise to dig canals into the valley’s rocky soil. Bannister screamed that USAID needed to get some “Texas Aggies” to dig or agricultural engineers from Texas A&M University who had experience digging irrigation systems in the compact east Texas dirt. As they spoke, gunshots and rockets exploded behind them. It was not an encouraging scene.
But the incident was foretelling. More than two years after my visit, the Dahla dam project has ground to a halt. According to reports in the Canadian media, the project has been a complete waste. Farmers in the Arghandab have begun to accept cash handouts instead of results. Corrupt local warlords siphon off project money. The canals still have not been built.
DAMS INDICATIVE OF WIDER FAILURES
According to Anthony Cordesman, an Afghan expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the failure of the dam project reflects a wider failure of the United States and its allies to track development money in a way that can determine the effectiveness of the projects as well as the level of corruption preventing them from succeeding.
“Because we didn’t control the expenditures correctly, we have no control of the contracting or where the money went. We overspent, by a factor of two or three. There was a very broad level of corruption and waste,” Cordesman said.
According to recent testimony by John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction (SIGAR), the United States has spent nearly $100 billion to rebuild Afghanistan in the last decade.
In 2010, SIGAR accountants told The Fiscal Times that they could account for less then 10 percent of this money.
The United States is also expected to pay tens of billions of dollars in the coming years to support failing Afghan institutions. Cordesman said this money is likely to be lost as well.
“The United States has never had a coherent plan for a new Afghanistan,” he said. “There won’t be a plan through the upcoming transition and we’ll go on dealing with projects, good or bad, that aren’t related to an overall plan, have no justification, no effective monitoring and no levels to determine their effectiveness.”