Saturday, July 03, 2010

Where flowers have gone

Scott Horton is in fine form concerning Afghanistan. He quotes a number of articles concerning our dwindling control of that country. Changing generals won't change anything. When will our politicians and the pentagon realize that puppet governments never last.

Quoting British historian William Darymple:

Certainly it is becoming clearer than ever that the once-hated Taliban, far from being swept away by General Stanley McChrystal’s surge, are instead regrouping, ready for the final act in the history of Hamid Karzai’s western-installed puppet government. The Taliban have now advanced out of their borderland safe havens to the very gates of Kabul and are surrounding the capital, much as the US-backed mujahedin once did to the Soviet-installed regime in the late 1980s. Like a rerun of an old movie, all journeys by non-Afghans out of the capital are once again confined largely to tanks, military convoys and helicopters. The Taliban already control more than 70 per cent of the country, where they collect taxes, enforce the sharia and dispense their usual rough justice. Every month, their sphere of influence increases. According to a recent Pentagon report, Karzai’s government has control of only 29 out of 121 key strategic districts.


One Fly said...

This is the reality. If it were other after years we would have been victorious.

P M Prescott said...

Yes it is and it was predictable, but that doesn't seem to matter to the crowd that loves to fight wars no matter how costly or stupid.