Friday, March 30, 2012
State of the war in Kandahar provinceHeath Druzin reports on the US/NATO mission in the Ghorak district of the Kandahar region of Afghanistan in Wake-up call: Struggles in Kandahar show Afghan troops not ready to lead Stars and Stripes 03/28/2012:
The district government was long ago chased off by insurgents, as was a contingent of the Afghan National Police. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven Soika, who led a recent incursion into the area, compared the villages there to the rough and tumble smuggling hub of Mos Eisley from "Star Wars." ...Druzin also reports on the Afghan government's security chief for the southern part of the country:
Soika’s Ghorak mission, an air assault in which hundreds of soldiers were inserted by Chinook helicopters in the wee hours of the morning, was heavy on symbolism. Asadullah Khalid, the controversial security chief for southern Afghanistan, hosted a meeting of elders, touting water and school projects that are often promised in this country and sometimes delivered, and the Afghan flag was briefly hoisted above a building to the tune of the Afghan national anthem.It may be that not many Americans know how to speak Dari or Pashto. But in Afghanistan, money also talks:
There’s a common joke in Afghanistan. A man asks Hamid Karzai, “How come you keep all these corrupt people in your government?” Karzai replies, “How much will you pay me to kick them out?”It's over. Our Side lost. Time to pull out.
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