ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Afghanistan Governor Plotted to Murder American Soldiers and NATO Ambassadors

Updated on April 2, 2012

Col. Stratton and Airman Goodman were only a few weeks from going home from this hell. The 39 yr. old Stratton had a wife and three small kids. Now he is dead, as is the 21 yr. old woman, Ashton Goodman. They were killed at the instructions of the Governor in Kapisa province, Ghulam Bakr, appointed by Afghanistan's President Karzai, America's so-called friend. Why? That is still to be determined.

Both American soldiers met their end when their Humvee was slammed by a Toyota Corolla filled with explosives in an intersection along the road in Panjshir Valley, which oddly Col. Stratton had said was his greatest achievement there. As Americans try to help these people to have better lives, they target us. Seems like Karzai's choice is a poor one. Bakr was not satisfied with those deaths, in November 2009, he went onto to target US, French and UK ambassadors who were on visit to Kaspia. Bakr's insurgents armed with rockets and weapons would attack the site where the meeting would occur. Luckily, someone ratted on them and the attempt was stopped.

Kaspia province is just north of Kabul and remains a power broker there. Bakr, like many governors, were former mujahedeen commanders and affiliated with Hezb-i-Islami group under the warlord Hekmatyar. Bakr was more than willing to help old friends with weapons, police vehicles and lists of people who cooperate with Americans. US wiretaps prove Bakr was a crooked as they come routinely extorting from contractors a share of the money got from US Aid. The aid Bakr was getting for projects was diverted due to the suspicions of Col. Stratton. Bakr then arranged to meet with him in Kapisa. The Toyota bomb was waiting.

This is another example of how not only the US plan to reintegrate former enemies totally fails, but how corruption is as bad as it was in South Vietnam in another war. When US officials present the evidence to Karzai, he sacked Bakr, yet refused to bring him to trial claiming insufficient evidence. As far as Afghanistan is concerned, the case is closed. As far as US General Petraeus is concerned, the US is still looking for Bakr and bring him to trial for murder.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I agree.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      We Americans do not understand the peoples of the Middle East:

      1) They are tribal in nature and do not believe in a National identity.

      2) They have lived so long under the thumb of despotic and corrupt leaders, they know no other way of living.

      3) While a civilized person can act like a barbarian, a barbarian (knowing only barbarism) cannot act civilized.

      4) They do not place the same value on individual lives as we do. If they die, they self-actualize and go to their god.

      While we went there with the best of intentions, it's time to bring our people home. But I would leave Karzai and Afghanistan with a warning. "Don't ever cross us again by harboring those who attack the U.S.! You WON'T like the result."


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)