IS AFGHANISTAN WORTH THE TROUBLE?

by H. Thomas Hayden on April 9, 2010

According to the Wall Street Journal, Afghanistan President Karzai, for the second time in three days, accused the U.S. of interfering in Afghan affairs and saying the Taliban insurgency would become a legitimate resistance movement if the meddling doesn’t stop.

Nearly 100,000 American troops are currently fighting a war against the Taliban and this is not to mention the billions of treasure the U.S. have provided the Afghan government. Karzai made the comments during a private meeting with about 60 or 70 Afghan lawmakers last Saturday.

It was evident to all observers that Karzai and his government took control a badly rigged election. Corruption is rampant and there seems to be no real attempt to remove the culprits

So, now we have an illegitimate president who is biting the hand that feeds him.

You have to ask the question is it worth all the trouble.

Unfortunately, the answer is we have very little choice.

The current troubles in Afghanistan are our own making. We gave the fight against the Taliban half measures and now we’re playing catch up to an expanding insurrection. We pushed Karzai forward as our chosen one. We were long in recognizing that the local tribal leaders were the real power centers in the rural areas. We still have no viable alternative against the poppy growing economy.

Announcing far in advance that we are sending a large task force to root out the Taliban in Kandahar makes no sense to many.

It’s funny that the insurrection is against Karzai and I doubt very seriously if he could live very long if the Taliban took control of his government.

Afghanistan is in our vital national security interest and any lessening of our support would have long range ramifications against the U.S. A radical Islamic state adjacent to Iran would be the beginning of the Caliphate that the Islamic radicals have long fought for. Al Qaeda would once again have a safe haven to train and dispatch jihad.

Maybe the announcement that we are leaving in 2012 is beginning to make Karzai and his government think they have to make accommodations with the Taliban or take as much loot as possible and prepare for the 2012 withdrawal of U.S. support.

We’re stuck in a bad situation and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

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