Diplomatic Courier: Afghanistan: America’s Crucible

Diplomatic Courier:

AFGHANISTAN: AMERICA’S CRUCIBLE

Written by  Nasir Shansab, Guest Contributor
Sep 17, 2013

 

That sentence sums up what has happened—or rather did not happen—in Afghanistan since the ouster of the Taliban in November 2001 and the installation of Hamid Karzai to lead that country.

. . . 

NATO had concluded in 2009 that the Taliban controlled 70 percent of Afghanistan, effectively rendering fair and free elections impossible. Yet, the Obama administration agreed to let Mr. Karzai have his elections, which cost the U.S. and its allies $300 million and brought Afghanistan to the verge of another civil war.

Subsequently, UN Chief Representative Peter Galbraith made public the massive vote rigging of Afghanistan’s 2009 presidential elections. Otherwise, the deception probably would have remained unknown. Ambassador Galbraith lost his job for his honesty.

Please read the article at this link

This article was originally published in the Diplomatic Courier’s September/October 2013 print edition.

 

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