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Why We Love the Afghanistan War

Updated on June 18, 2011

We love the war because of all the various support industry that provides services and comfort for our troops. We love the war because we have the lofty ideal that democracy really should be everywhere because it equals freedom in the equation. We cannot understand why people do not really want it. American troops are the best in combat and in training others how to fight, police, yet, why do Afghans, after being trained for months, act like pussies or turn and fire on their trainers. We love the Afghanistan war because we do the right things, at least try. We build roads, repair old dams, rebuild infrastructure that western societies have, they we hand it over to the trained Afghan military and police and repeat it in another province. God, what is wrong with the Afghan people? Maybe, it is like when a woman says No to a guy, yet the guy continues to try. Maybe they are saying No and we simply cannot stop trying.

So many good intentions have gone awry in Afghanistan, it is funny. We move one step forward, then, the Afghans step two steps back. Take Ghulam Hazrat, who six months ago was a Taliban commander (yes, you heard me right). He led others when attacking American troops, no doubt, has some US blood on his hands. Part of the American plan is to reintegrate former Talibaners into the new Afghan democracy. My question is why? Whatever. Now, he and ten of his Taliban soldiers, have been trained as Afghan policemen! OMG, LOL. Such an idiot idea. They are salaried employees. They patrol and enforce the law in their assigned district by doing what they do best, imposing an Islamic tax on those within his district. Did we just enter the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits? This is what he did as Taliban. His view on this is typical of the problem America faces, " the government is telling me to fight the Taliban and protect the area so we must ask the people for help in order to take care of my myself and friends". Huh? Dude, that is why you get a salary! Hmm, I guess Afghans lack the mental capacity to understand. Thus, he and his men now work for the Afghan government as local police insisting people give money to them.

How much? Seems they demand a tenth of their earnings, which in their money is a lot. The amount is identical to when he was a Taliban. The people are very unhappy about this. In Kunduz, the same problem exists.

Not only do the local police get a salary, they tax their people for support. The US program is a favorite of Gen. Pateaeus, who calls it a key part to the counterinsurgency effort. These former Taliban fighters are trained by US Special Forces. Now they learn American techniques that enhance their own. They have trained 6200 so far and they exist in 41 districts but now their a concern that this may backfire because it encourages the local warlords to tax . In a private study, the conclusion is that the program is failing because the local police are very unreliable and subject to real Taliban influence and now these police are feared by the population.

Basically, the change is cosmetic. Now instead of looking like Taliban, many of the local police wear official police uniforms but are no different than Taliban by imposing Islamic tax. In fact, many of police are Taliban. Instead of calling them Taliban, they are now called "Arbakai".

That is why we love the Afghanistan war. Whatever we try to do, it is good intentions gone bad.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      10 years is long enough.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      What does U.S blood do in Afghanistan?

      Were you as critical when your uncle Bush started this?

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      hey max, sorry that you feel supporting a lost cause is worth praising, i don't. Judging from Obama, he agrees to. America does not need another Vietnam.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      And obviously America is the epitome of democracy? And how old are you to still believe it, with your access to information?

      People hidden behind their computer screens idealizing wars amaze me! I wish you were there pissing your pants. But no, you are too much of a coward, you prefer kids to be sent there for your entertainment, for you to keep on glorifying wars.

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      perrya 6 years ago

      I agree, he is in la-la land.

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      FGual 6 years ago from USA

      I like your spot-on reporting. Sometimes when I see Gen. Petraeus on TV, he seems to have this silly smile like he is not all there. He appears to have a Pollyanna attitude about the Afghan mess, maybe he just does not get it.

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Whatever the reason I think it will be whatever the reason they kept our boys in Vietnam for so many years with thousands dying for nothing..well it was something but our strong military could have wiped them out in a week and been back home but they need to be on our borders helping keep illegals out and and the ones here on a boat back! The ones who have all while citizens pay for it and tighten our belt buckles! Even their kids run around with wads of money spending and having a grand time, but why not? It is part of someone's plan. It is not to be nice to them, it is to accomplish something that will mean their downfall too in the end.