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Disaster in Afghanistan Caused By Bad US Policy

Updated on August 6, 2011

 Fighting a war with inconsistent policies and rules of engagement for its military is a recipe for disaster anywhere. Look no further than the US in Vietnam. That is not ancient history by any means, and yet, our memory is short, and history repeats.

Obama allowed the election there to end in a fraudulent manner. There was no democracy or fair election. America failed to insist another election and failed to support Abdullah, the only viable threat to Karzai, who America knows is corrupt in many ways. Are we stupid or what? It is like America supporting the Thieu regime in Vietnam which eventually just collapsed due to its own corruption. America forced Abullah to withdraw from the race, which is utterly shocking. He was a real contender that would have tested the democracy and yet withdrew because the US would not support him.

What is most laughable about Obama is that he said, "we will reward good governance, reduce corruption and support the rights of all Afghans". I see, by allowing a known corrupted government to remain in power and not promote a free election.

Another mistake is the timetable for the Afghan army to take over, which US commanders clearly have stated it will be at least three years and even longer for the police force. Why does Obama continue to claim the Afghan army will assume its role in July 2011? Wishful thinking? Can't Obama add?

Pakistan has told the US that it will not make further offensives against the Taliban in the tribal areas this year. What does the US do? Provide them even more aid and drones. Their offensives have been effective and their army is doing a good job, yet now they are stopping and like idiots, the US continues to support them with billions. Worse, General McChrystal in Afghanistan wants Pakistan to be the entity to handle talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan. Problem is that, most Afghans feel it is Pakistan trying to destabilize their country!

The US General feels that the former prime minister of the country, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, will be the negotiator. Problem is, the Afghans know him as a psychopath and his throwing of acid into women's faces at Kabul University in the 1970s. Worse, this guy is on the international terrorist list and remains hunted. And yet, the US ignores this, does not arrest him but want him to negotiate??? WTF. This is more than lame US policy.

Last year, the US Embassy requested 2.5 billion to invest in Afghanistan's infrastructure to help the people, yet, Obama rejected it. Yet, Obama approved of the surge that will cost ten times that yearly. Why send 30,000 troops if the plan is to negotiate with the enemy?

The only word for this policy is stupid. self-defeating.

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    • Abdul Muqeet Khan profile image

      Abdul Muqeet Khan 

      7 years ago from islamabad

      NO sir its not that they did not want it its that u wanted the democracy of ur own i am not going to go far tell me why was ABDULLAH the canidate was not elected even though he was in clear majority

      and i am going to post u the experts of a book called

      Pakistan and the

      War on Terror

      Conflicted Goals,

      Compromised Performance

      "The disaffected Afghan Pashtun tribes, most conspicuously the rural Ghilzai, who, feeling

      disenfranchised in the current governing arrangements,and with no representation in government felt frustrated and joined the Taliban"

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 years ago

      We tried to make a democracy, which Afghans and others either do not understand how it works or simply do not agree with it and do not want it.

    • Abdul Muqeet Khan profile image

      Abdul Muqeet Khan 

      7 years ago from islamabad

      well yes sir its time to get out but what is the great work have u done to make sure that u wont go in there again dont u get it .After win win win voices in cnn and other place u people finally found that its an unwinnable war. surprising afghans welcomed u with open arms since they hated Taliban. but u people blew it, u couldn't understand their traditions

      went against there ways aliening the whole pushtoon which forms the total 40 percent of the afghanistan .U sir u had the minds and the heart what u didnot have was ears to listen. And now look what u people have done u made Somalia to what is it right now u made IRAQ which was once the strong country and def a potential ally in curbing Iran to a alqaeda ridden country, yemen, syria and other countries .Now in libya even there is an extremist side which is fighting the Qadafi regime search the google and u would know who the rebels are u people lost this war not because u couldnt win it because u were to naive u know what the people are like, what they want and how to tackle them

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 years ago

      Khan-it is time for the US to pullout from afghanistan, it has been a waste and many Americans feel this way. Let the country return to whatever state it wants to be in. Obviously, their way of life and customs are in direct conflict with our own. Unless you win the hearts and minds of the locals, you can never win!

    • Abdul Muqeet Khan profile image

      Abdul Muqeet Khan 

      7 years ago from islamabad

      perrya now the prob is that when u people stopped giving the aid the army is leaving the post just yesterday one of my acquiescence left waziristan are and came to Lahore side.

      YOU people use our roads making the supplies through Karachi port and count the money that is actually the tax as aid.

      check this out as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIW2SKahw4s&fea...

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      soumyasrajan 

      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Just to inform you I gave links to your interesting article in two articles I wrote recently on the same topic.

      https://hubpages.com/politics/Reasons-for-Current-...

      https://hubpages.com/politics/is-USA-now-going-to-...

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      8 years ago

      well, this isn't the first time it has happened, so history is repeating.

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      soumyasrajan 

      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      A good article perrya! Current American policies look indeed strange both in af-pak region as well as with respect to china. I also wrote about it. Americans, time being it seems are bent on fighting for both sides in af-pak war.

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