by Justin Raimondo, April 12, 2010
"The war in Afghanistan, which George W. Bush started and Barack Obama pledged to win, is over – and we lost. No one realizes this, quite yet, but give them time – because the fruits of our defeat are already a veritable cornucopia. And the reason can be summed up rather neatly in two words: Hamid Karzai......
Billions of taxpayer dollars are going to aid the Afghan government – an entity that, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t really exist. What exists are names on an organizational chart, a few offices in US-NATO –held areas, a seat in the United Nations, and that’s just about it. This gossamer network of paid shills and American-educated sock-puppets is superimposed over the real power structure of clan leaders and warlords, a thin thread that could break at any moment. No one knows this better than Karzai, and so he has taken a new tack to ensure his political – and physical – survival. No amount of "spin" can interpret the following report, taken from the Times of London, except as open subversion of the US-NATO war effort:
"The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has cast doubt over NATO’s planned summer offensive against the Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar, as more than 10,000 American troops pour in for the fight.
"Karzai threatened to delay or even cancel the operation — one of the biggest of the nine-year war — after being confronted in Kandahar by elders who said it would bring strife, not security, to his home province......"