2,197 and 557 billion
That’s the cost in blood and treasure to prop up Karzai and his corrupt, drug dealing regime. This is what BO called “the good war” then set up barriers to winning it. Funny how silent the LSM is about what is happening in Afghanistan.
The orders – from the man the US installed as Afghan president all those years ago – came amid a string of anti-US rhetoric from him in recent months. Today was the deadline for those US troops whose job is to train Afghan soldiers and work with them to track down insurgents, to depart the province.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s pleading with Mr. Karzai on a visit yesterday to relent on Wardak apparently fell on deaf ears.
Or maybe Karzai didn’t hear him over his own insults against the US. Karzai blamed the US for conspiring with the Taliban to conduct two suicide bombings that claimed 19 lives on Sunday.
Billions in coalition money are flowing to the insurgency and paying for the bombs and bullets killing our soldiers. Protection money is paid by outside contractors to assure the safe passage of convoys supplying the troops. As with most of the terror org, the drug trade helps fund them with the help of Karzai and his politically connected friends and family.
The US also believes the drug business to be one of the principal money makers for the Taliban. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which investigates corruption in US spending in Afghanistan, said in his latest report out this month that Afghanistan produces about 90 percent of the world’s opium and that “the illicit drug trade also supports the insurgency.”
The report also found persistent and high levels of corruption in the Afghan police, judiciary, and among its elected leaders.
In February Iranian Press TV reported that, according to Afghan media, the Obama Administration is in contact with the Taliban in Qatar for peace talks. The Taliban agreed in January to have an office in Doha for peace talks.
“The Palestinians have not said the final word yet, and we expect that there will be attempts to take advantage of the upcoming events, like the visit by Barack Obama, in order to continue the violence,” Israel public security minister Yitzhak Aharonovich was quoted as saying Monday by news outlet Arutz Sheva.
Hamas officials have warned that Obama’s visit will further fracture its relations with the Palestinian Authority and have even stated that a presidential visit to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount will be viewed as a declaration of war.
Hamas official Mushir al-Masri “called for a third intifada [or uprising] and for Egyptian assistance in the ‘resistance’ if Obama chooses to visit the Temple Mount,” the site of Muslim places of worship, Arutz Sheva reported on Friday.
Let’s face it, there isn’t enough space on this blog to list the missed opportunities and the myriad mistakes of the juvenile mishandling of foreign policy by BO. It’s a constant embarrassment.
- US, Taliban conspiring to keep troops in Afghanistan: Karzai (nation.com.pk)
- Afghan policeman kills seven in security meeting insider attack (guardian.co.uk)
- Karzai hits US anew – but ties remain (kfwbam.com)