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Why is America Failing in Afghanistan?

- DR. Abdul-Qayum Mohmand

CNN International News with Christiane Amanpour

Analysis of “CIA World Factbook” (1981-2012): Dimensions of anti-Pashtun Conspirac
US forces in Afghanistan nearly destroyed vital airfield
We Are Those Two Afghan Children, Killed by NATO While Tending Their Cattle
Former Islamist Warlord Vies for Afghan Presidency
Pakistan releases top Afghan Taliban prisoner in effort to boost peace process
Losing the War in Afghanistan
Obama’s troop increase for Afghan war was misdirected
Afghan security vacuum feared along "gateway to Kabul"
Objections to U.S. Troops Intensify in Afghanistan
The Great Afghan corruption scam
War zone killing: Vets feel 'alone' in their guilt
Was Osama for Real? And Was He Killed in 2001?
Afghanistan withdrawal: The risks of retreat
The Real Reason the US Invaded Afghanistan
The Definition of a Quagmire
Huge Uncertainty' in Afghanistan
Controversial ID Cards Expose Ethnic Divisions In Afghanistan
Afghanistan: The Final Curtain Call for NATO?
Afghanistan After 9/11: A Mission Unaccomplished
Why Should Taliban and Other Insurgents Refrain from Negotiation With the US & NATO? By: Dr Mohammed Daud Miraki, MA, MA, Ph

Exclusive: Karzai family looks to extend boss rule in Afghanistan.

Intrigue in Karzai Family as an Afghan Era Closes
For Afghans, Two Outrages, Two Different Reactions
Double blow to west’s Afghan strategy
Does the Taliban need a diplomatic voice?
Afghanistan: Lessons in War and Peace-building for US
Afghan women opposed by former allies
Q+A - Haqqani: From White House guest to staunch U.S. enemy
Haqqanis: Growth of a militant network -BBC
Afghanistan shelves plans for ambassador accused of fraud
Afghan nominated as ambassador to Britain was accused in US of fraud
U.S. deal with Taliban breaks down
The Loneliness of the Afghan President: Karzai on His Own

NATO's Third Alternative in Afghanistan

On the Road: Interview with Commander Abdul Haq:- The Tragedy of Abdul Haq
When the Lion Roared: How Abdul Haq Almost Saved Afghanistan
AFGHAN WARRIOR: THE LIFE & DEATH OF ABDUL HAQ
Pakistan’s ISI: Undermining Afghan self-determination since 1948
Mineral Wealth of Afghanistan, Military Occupation, Corruption and the Rights of the Afghan People
M. Siddieq Noorzoy
Why Isn’t the UN Investigating and Prosecuting the U.S. and NATO for War Crimes Committed in Afghanistan?
Corruption and Warlordism:
Abdul Basir Stanikzai
In Afghanistan, U.S. contracts aren’t crystal balls, but they come close
The great Afghan carve-up
Anatomy of an Afghan war tragedy
Terry Jones Actually Burns a Qur’an and No One Notices
Q+A-Are Afghan forces ready to take over security?
Guantánamo Bay files rewrite the story of Osama bin Laden's Tora Bora escape
Winning Afghan hearts, minds with explosives
Afghanistan’s Mercenaries
KABUL’S HORIZONS
Who is winning Afghanistan war? U.S. officials increasingly disagree
Afghanistan: The Trouble With The Transition
From the Archives: In Quest of a ‘Greater Tajikistan’
The 1980s mujahideen, the Taliban and the shifting idea of jihad
Afghanistan's Karzai complains about interference
Karzai, US ambassador at odds over private security

Karzai Tells Washington Post U.S. Should Reduce Afghan Operation Intensity

Excerpts from Afghan President Hamid Karzai's interview with The Washington Post
What the Afghans Want
New US approach to Afghanistan insurgency: Vindication for Pakistan?
Putting Some Fight Into Our Friends
Afghans 'abused at secret prison
Why We Won’t Leave Afghanistan or Iraq
Indo-Pakistan proxy war heats up in Afghanistan
Canada’s elite commandos and the invasion of Afghanistan
U.S. retreat from Afghan valley marks recognition of blunder
Five myths about the war in Afghanistan
Marine who resigned over ‘conscience’ speaks at MU
The Afghan media may have grown since Taliban rule ended, but not so press freedoms
Mystery holes and angry ants: another Afghan day
Kabul Bank's Sherkhan Farnood feeds crony capitalism in Afghanistan
Marjah War
Operation Moshtarak: Which way the war in Afghanistan?
Q&A: Why Marjah, why now?
In Jalalabad, hope is fading
Seeking reconciliation, US units meet remote Afghanistan tribes
Once Again, Get the Hell Out! "Ending the War in Afghanistan"
Blackwater Kept a Prostitute on the Payroll in Afghanistan; Fraudulently Billed American Tax Payers
Wild West Motif Lightens US Mood at Afghan Bas
In southern Afghanistan, even the small gains get noticed
 Afghanistan war: US tries to undercut Taliban at tribal level
 Soviet lessons from Afghanistan
Are actions of 'super-tribe' an Afghan tipping point
Taliban: Terrorist or not? Not always easy to say
Q&A: Who else could help in Afghanistan?
Vietnam Replay on Afghan 'Defectors'
Washington's Refusal to Talk about Drone Strikes in Pakistan Meets Growing Opposition
Afghanistan summit: Why is the US backing talks with the Taliban?
Taliban's leadership council runs Afghan war from Pakistan
Why buy the Taliban?
2 Afghanistan conferences: No solutions
An Alternative to Endless War - Negotiating an Afghan Agreement?
Do the Taliban represent the Pashtuns?
Afghanistan asks ex-presidential contender to tackle corruption

Tehran Sets Conditions For Attending London Conference On Afghanista

Pakistan says reaches out to Afghan Taliban
Taking It to the Taliban
The Afghan Taliban's top leaders
How significant is Mullah Baradar's arrest?
Secret Joint Raid Captures Taliban’s Top Commander
What's the Quetta Shura Taliban and why does it matter?
What's behind latest Taliban attack on Kabul? See Images of the Attack By WSJ

Pakistan Version of Islam and Taliban ?????
Lahore fashion week takes on Talibanization in Pakistan

Loyalties of Those Killed in Afghan Raid Remain Unclear

After Attack, Afghans Question Motives or See Conspiracies
Gates: Taliban part of Afghan ‘political fabric’

IG: Afghan power-plant project ill-conceived, mismanaged

Taliban intensifies Afghan PR campaign

Taliban Overhaul Their Image in Bid to Win Allies
Karzai plans to woo Taliban with 'land, work and pensions'
Peace scheme mooted for Taliban
Bombs and baksheesh
But By All Means, Continue the Happy Talk on the Afghanistan War
Karzai Closing in on Taliban Reconciliation Plan
Last Exit Kabul
How To Get Out Without Forsaking Afghanistan's Stability
Afghan Recovery Report: Taleban Buying Guns From Former Warlords

'Jesus Guns': Two More Countries Rethink Using Weapons with Secret Bible References

Gun bible quotes 'inappropriate'
Text of Joint declaration of Afghanistan-Iran-Pakistan trilateral meeting
Garmsir Protest Shows Taleban Reach
Rugged North Waziristan harbors US enemies
The Arrogance of Empire, Detailed ( The Untold Story of Afghanistan )
Appointment of Afghan counter narcotics chief dismays British officials
In Afghanistan attack, CIA fell victim to series of miscalculations about informant
Rebuilding Afghanistan: Will government take hold in this post-Taliban town?
Rare bird discovered in Afghan mountains
Blackwater, now called Xe, in running for work in Afghanistan despite legal woes
How Soviet troops stormed Kabul palace
Afghan children 'die in fighting'
Afghanistan war: Russian vets look back on their experience
U.N. Officials Say American Offered Plan to Replace Karzai 
Learning From the Soviets
U.S. faults Afghan corruption body's independence
Intensify fight against corruption, says Afghan meeting
Afghan ministers cleared of charges
Drone aircraft in a stepped-up war in Afghanistan and Pakistan
U.S. Air Force Confirms 'Beast of Kandahar' Secret Stealth Drone Plane
Kissinger's fantasy is Obama's realit
Taliban shadow officials offer concrete alternative
Talking with the Taliban
20. Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart
'Yes, there was torture and people were certainly beaten': Afghan warden
Why we should leave Afghanistan
US pours millions into anti-Taliban militias in Afghanistan
Pakistan to US: Don't surge in Afghanistan, talk to Taliban
A Plan C for Afghanistan
Finding decent cabinet is Karzai's big challenge
A way to get around Karzai in Afghanistan
Corruption fight boosted by 'Afghan FBI'
US demands Afghan 'bribery court'
Afghanistan plans court for corrupt ministers
The man leading Afghanistan's anti-corruption fight
Win hearts and minds in Afghanistan to win the war
Gates blocks abuse photos release
New U.S. Afghan prison unveiled, rights groups wary
War in Afghanistan: Not in our name
How the US Funds the Taliban
Afghan gov't says UN representative out of line
Cabinet of Warlords
Afghanistan and the lessons of history
Clinton says Karzai ‘must do better’
Recognizing the Limits of American Power in Afghanistan
After Afghanistan election, governors seek distance from 'illegal' Karzai
Karzai was hellbent on victory. Afghans will pay the price
Matthew Hoh: Please refute what I'm saying, we are stuck in the Afghan civil war
As US looks for exit in Afghanistan, China digs in
America's Top Diplomat Tells 'Nightline': 'Not Every Taliban Is al Qaeda'
Obama Can’t Make Russian Mistake in Afghanistan
10 Steps to Victory in Afghanistan
Will Obama change Afghan strategy?
Does the U.S. still have a vital interest in Afghanistan?
Pashtuns and Pakistani
The Afghan '80s are back
Pashtun peace prophet goes global
Afghan Road Builder's Dream Thwarted by Violence
A white elephant in Kabul
The Afghan Runoff: Will It Be a No-Show Election?

Ashraf Ghani- Afghanistan's Disputed Election Complicates U.S. Strategy

On Assignment: Into the Maw at Marja

Patrick Witty & Tyler Hicks
The New York Times


Afghanistan Cross Road CNN


The last frontier


Bruce Richardson
 

Articles

CIA: Buying peace in Afghanistan?

With Bags of Cash, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan
CIA Ghost Money: Karzai Confirms U.S. Gives Funds To Afghan National Security Team
What the CIA’s cash has bought for Afghanistan

Khalilzad: A Satan Whispering in the Hearts of Men
The Afghan trust deficitt
Will We Learn Anything from Afghanistan? Part 1
Getting Out of Afghanistan: Part 2
William R. Polk
General’s Defense on Afghan Scandal Ducks Key Evidence
Afghans want Taliban peace talks
Bombing Weddings in Afghanistan: It Couldn't Happen Here, It Does Happen There
Hekmatyar's never-ending Afghan war
Covert American Aid to the Afghan Resistance; A Top-Secret U.S. Foreign Policy Plot to Induce and Effect Soviet Military Intervention
Afghan brain drain fears as Karzai urges education reforms

US considers launching joint US-Afghan raids in Pakistan to hunt down militant groups

Real security in Afghanistan depends on people's basic needs being met
Intractable Afghan Graft Hampering U.S. Strategy
Former Taliban Officials Say U.S. Talks Started
Taliban ready for talks with US, not Karzai government
Emboldened Taliban Try to Sell Softer Image
Leaked NATO Report Shows Pakistan Support For Taliban
Insight: Few options for Afghan, U.S. leaders after Kandahar massacre
Presenter: Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Daoud Sultanzoy, Tolo Television
NATO’s measured exit plan in Afghanistan faces new obstacles
BFP Exclusive: Karzai Clan Attorney Threatens US Journalist, Uses Intimidation Tactics
Afghanistan Chronicles
Arduous path to Afghan 'end-game'
Fear in the classrooms: is the Taliban poisoning Afghanistan's schoolgirls?
A comment on the recent events of student poisoning in Afghanistan
Rape Case, in Public, Cites Abuse by Armed Groups in Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s Peace Talks Hit Brick Wall
THE ANATOMY OF US’S DEFEAT IN AFGHANISTAN
VOICES OF EMPIRE: FROM CIA’s CULTURAL GREAT GAME TO GLOBAL GREAT GAME TODAY
WHITE PAPER FOR THE PERMANENT PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN
King Karzai
A Federal System of Government is Not Suitable for Afghanistan
CHINA AMO DARYA OIL DEAL
Analysis: Where Afghan humanitarianism ends and development begins
U.S. Envoy: Kabulbank Was 'Vast Looting Scheme'
Speaking with the enemy: how US commanders fight the Taliban during the day and dine with them at night
Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Musery
How to Win Peace in Afghanistan
For Karzai, Stumbles On Road To Election
Cruel human toll of fight to win Afghan peace
Criticism of Afghan War Is on the Rise in Britain
Troops 'fighting for UK's future'
Operation in Taliban hotbed a test for revamped U.S. strategy
Covering Crucial Afghanistan Operation
Afghans still skeptical about Obama
US Defence Department struggling with public release of report on bombing in Afghanistan
Afghanistan on the Edge
Q+A: Who are the Pakistani Taliban insurgents?
Afghanistan Past & Present
Bombs for Pashtoons and Dollars for Punjab
Help! I'm being outgunned on K Street!
ANGELS CHASING DEMONS: “Jesus Killed Mohammad”!
U.S. tested 2 Afghan scenarios in war game
America's Top Diplomat Tells 'Nightline': 'Not Every Taliban Is al Qaeda'
Obama hearing range of views on Afghanistan
What Do Afghans Want? Withdrawal - But Not Too Fast - and A Negotiated Peace
Will Obama change Afghan strategy?
What Do Afghans Want? Withdrawal - But Not Too Fast - and A Negotiated Peace
Afghans tricked into U.S. trip, detained
In the Afghan War, Aim for the Middle
Obama pulled two ways in Afghanistan
Obama Can’t Make Russian Mistake in Afghanistan
10 Steps to Victory in Afghanistan
Gates: Mistake to set time line for Afghan withdrawal
Afghans question what democracy has done for them
High stakes in Afghan vote recount
Two Perspectives On Resolving The Afghan Postelection Crisis
Does the U.S. still have a vital interest in Afghanistan?
Pashtuns and Pakistanis
The Afghan '80s are back
How to Lose in Afghanistan
US in Afghanistan proposes revamped strategy
US 'needs fresh Afghan strategy'
US looks to Vietnam for Afghan tips
Lessons from Vietnam on Afghanistan
Afghan Pres. Skips Country's 1st TV Debate
A proud moment for Afghanistan
Rival to Karzai Gains Strength in Afghan Presidential Election
Afghan presidential candidate withdraws in Karzai's favor
America and international law
Hamid Karzai pulls out of historic TV debate just hours before broadcast
Karzai says no to first Afghanpresidential debate
Afghan election: Can Karzai's rivals close the gap?
Karzai opponents hope to beat him in second round
Afghanistan's Election Challenges
For Karzai, Stumbles On Road To Election
Pentagon Seeks to Overhaul Prisons in Afghanistan
Cruel human toll of fight to win Afghan peace
Karzai’s gimmick
Well-known traffickers set free ahead of election
US president sets Afghan target
U.S. Inaction Seen After Taliban P.O.W.’s Died
Why the Pentagon Axed Its Afghanistan Warlord
Earn our trust or go, Afghans tell GIs
The Irresistible Illusion
Running Out Of Options, Afghans Pay For an Exit
We've lost sight of our goal in Afghanistan
$2,000 for a dead Afghan Child, $100,000 for Any American Who Died Killing it
The strategy is sound – but success is not assured
Operation in Taliban hotbed a test for revamped U.S. strategy
Covering Crucial Afghanistan Operation
Pentagon Seeks to Overhaul Prisons in Afghanistan
Echoes of Vietnam
A Response To General Dostum
Obama orders probe of killings in Afghanistan
Obama admin: No grounds to probe Afghan war crimes
US president sets Afghan target
U.S. Inaction Seen After Taliban P.O.W.’s Died
Afghanistan's Election Challenges
The Irresistible Illusion
Earn our trust or go, Afghans tell GIs
Running Out Of Options, Afghans Pay For an Exit

We've lost sight of our goal in Afghanistan

The strategy is sound – but success is not assured
Stakes High in Afghanistan Ahead of August Elections
$2,000 for a dead Afghan Child, $100,000 for Any American Who Died Killing it
Ex-detainees allege Bagram abuse
Petraeus Is a Failure -- Why Do We Pretend He's Been a Success?
Fierce Battles and High Casualties on the Frontlines of Afghanistan
End the Illegal, Immoral and Wasted War in Afghanistan, says BNP Defence Spokesman
Outside View: Four revolutions
Pakistan's Plans for New Fight Stir Concern
France: liberty, equality, and fraternity – but no burqas
 

 

 

 

 

Echoes of Vietnam

Even the Coalition commanders in Afghanistan wonder if they can win the war
Will history repeat itself in Afghanistan?

British military intervention in Afghanistan has a chequered history, making it easy to conclude that British forces will fail again


 


The Need To Change US Policy Toward Afghanistan  
By: Prof. Noorzoy      

President Barack Obama and his opponent from the Republican party Governor Mitt Romney, both candidates for President in the November 2012 election largely had ignored the longest war the US has been fighting against Afghanistan going on for twelve years during most of their campaigns for election. Both the majority of the Afghan people and the American people, victimized by this illegal war, have repeatedly demanded an end to the war and end of occupation of Afghanistan. The Presidential candidates were obliged to answer the direct questions on the war in Afghanistan asked by the moderator of the third debate on October 2012. Realizing that ending the war was on the minds of the voters, both candidates stated that the US troop withdrawal will be completed by 2014, with Mitt Romney saying “we are going to be finished by 2014….” and the discussion was on how the Afghan security forces would be responsible to keep security in Afghanistan with President Obama declaring ‘ we are in a position where we can transition out’ and that ‘Afghans will be responsible for their own security’. The moderator should have asked the obvious important question on peace: “ is the US leaving behind a process of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan?” and the equally important question should have been to asked “why not end the war now and work for establishing peace and offer recommitment for reconstruction to the Afghan people?” Mitt Romney repeatedly mentioned peace as a goal for his foreign policy. But, the moderator failed to pursue this line and ask him “why not begin with a peace process in Afghanistan?” The illegal war against Afghanistan has turned in to an illegal longest occupation of the country and what is worse is that all the policies that have gone wrong will be continued based on the agreement of May 1, 2012 (Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement) promising more of the same until 2024 and beyond. The people of Afghanistan have already rejected this policy otherwise the combined forces of the US and NATO along with the combined expenditures of ¾ of a trillion dollars would have brought more success than the Russians had in their war of aggression and occupation during 1979-1989. Oddly enough Vladimir Putin advocates for NATO to stay in Afghanistan as reported by Reuters August,1 2012 telling it to “finish the job”. Warmongering is nothing new against Islam and in particular against Afghanistan. In their search for building an empire the British did much warmongering against Afghanistan even after losing the first Anglo-Afghan War which lead to the Second Anglo-Afghan War with the same kind of devastating experience for the British.
Unfortunately, successful wars in favor of the Afghan people have been followed by failures in peace making at every turn, both in the war against the British and the Russians, and it seems that the present war the longest that Afghanistan has fought for its sovereignty will end up the same way, viz., failure to establish comprehensive peace. From the present US-cum-NATO policy toward Afghanistan it is clear that the choices left behind are up to the Afghan people to continue on the path of war that the US and NATO have prepared for the country by repeatedly stating that the Afghan security forces, paid and trained by the US and other foreign occupation forces, are ready to carry on the war and the US and NATO countries made sure that the sum of $4.1 billion annually would be provided to the Afghan security forces for this purpose for ten years beyond 2014 according to the Chicago summit declaration on May 20, 2012.
Alternatively, the Afghan people can take the road to peace and in fact out wit the foxes of war aimed at the continued destruction of life and property in Afghanistan by taking the peace initiative and the lead for peace we have outlined in our peace plan first formulated in May, 2008 and posted on www.Afghanrsearchsociety.org. and then revised and posted in April, 2010 on www.Afghanprm.org. US and NATO representatives are part of the Peace Commission of 33 individuals we have proposed, along with members from the UN and OIC. But, the majority will be Afghans comprising 27 members of the Peace Commission.
The deception that the Afghan people were some how responsible for the tragedy of 9/11 has gone long enough. Despite more than 11 years of war and tens of thousands of night time raids by US Special Forces in to tens of thousands of homes no evidence implicating the Afghan people has been found and neither will they find because the Afghan people were not involved in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. These illegal night raids which have killed many and imprisoned others numbering several thousands, but, have not turned up any foreign fighters among the people, or as they like to call them members of Al Qaeda. The more than 3,000 prisoners at the Parwan prison housed the victims of these night raids where they have been abused by criminal members of the regime. Individuals who argue for continued war against Afghanistan and create fear among their own people from the people of Afghanistan should read the investigative and scientific reports on dozens of web sites created by Americans from across many professions ( as part of the 9/11 Truth Movement) arguing for a new investigation of the tragedy of 9/11 by Congress with subpoena powers. The terrorist attacks did not only kill 3,000 innocent individuals in the US, but, the tragedy has victimized the Afghan people, the people of Iraq and Pakistan and in many others lands, and in fact, also victimized the American people as a whole by having been involved in the longest war in their history. The Eisenhower Project at the Brown and Boston universities estimated that by June, 2011 225,000 persons have been killed due to the wars launched by the US. And the illegal Drone attacks on the tribal areas continue apace, while the British announce that they are going to double the size of their Drones aimed at the war in Afghanistan. All those who supported the invasion of Afghanistan must look in their own conscious and ask what did they support, killing of innocent people in the name of what?
While 79% of the American people according to the latest CNN poll and many members of US Congress support the full and complete withdrawal of US military from Afghanistan sooner than 2014 policy makers in the Administration have not caught up with their demands. Neither has the Congress stepped up to the demands of millions of American for a new investigation of the 9/11 tragedy that changed world history and has cost the US up to $4.4 trillion according to the recent research on the cost of wars launched by the US. Humanity demands more answers than have been forthcoming from politicians. Humanity does not need more warmongers, it needs more thoughtful individuals who want to be leaders.
The US Congress has authorized $88.4 billion during 2002-2012 for Afghanistan and it will be $100 billion with President Obama’s request for 2013 in what is called ‘reconstruction’ that include funding the security forces. But, as the April 30, 2012 report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and the latest one in July, 2012 show mismanagement, poor planning and corruption have brought little results meeting the stated official goals.
War has lead to crimes and corruption in Afghanistan and the policy to continue the war seem to be ambivalent to these facts. The present outside structured governance is too corrupt, fractured, and inept. No amount of outside money will cure the problems and in fact the reason the problems have become more severe is precisely due to the free flow of funds mismanaged by foreign and Afghan entities. The evidence is overwhelming; two among countless cases are the land grab by the officials of the Kabul regime at Sher Poor in Kabul and the fraud and scandal at the Kabul Bank where $850 million deposits were directed to personal use by individuals connected to the regime. On the foreign side of the problem the USAID mismanagement of the power plant at Tarakhail costing $350 million and staying idle due to costs of operation per unit of output of power.
The NATO summit in Chicago during May 20-21, 2012 promising $ 4.1 billion annually for security forces in Afghanistan and the Tokyo donors conference during the first week in July, 2012 promising $4 billion annually are clear reflections of the mind set that simply wishes things would get better in Afghanistan, while the realities on the ground reflect the very opposite. Both the taxpayer peoples of the international community contributing to these funds totaling to some 45-50% of the GDP of Afghanistan on an annual basis for the next 4-10 years and the people of Afghanistan are being victimized by the policies of the politicians in North America and Europe and else where who are supporting the status quo in Afghanistan. Crimes and corruption at the Dawood Military Hospital in Kabul described by the media as “Auschwitz like” where patients are totally neglected, and are operated on without anesthesia and others are seen with open wounds and still for attending to others patients demands are made for bribes to attend to them are covered up by a high ranking US military officer while the Minister of Defense in Kabul is blind to the whole affair.
The 800 page report on the war crimes and discovery of 180 mass graves in Afghanistan with 13 of them around Mazar-i-Sharif alone in a six year ( 2005-2011) research effort by a team of 40 individuals from the Human Rights Commission and foreign forensic experts is prevented from being released to the public due to the pressure of the same ones named in the report for war crimes holding high offices in Kabul. Many of these are the same that the US allied with in invading Afghanistan when the records of their crimes were well known by the US and UN officials.
The official claims of having done so much for the Afghan women during the occupation for the past eleven years become clear when one visits Kabul finding the streets of Kabul full of women covered with Chaderi begging for help to survive while in other parts of Kabul some 300,000 Afghan women among the half a million internally displaced refugees escaping the imposed war against their home areas in Helmand, Kandahar, Uruzgan and other provinces languish without humanitarian assistance. Still more than three million Afghan refugees suffer in Pakistan and Iran with little hope of returning home to peace and genuine international help to rebuild their lives.
The time for establishing full and comprehensive peace, complete withdrawal of all foreign military and their spy agencies, and the establishment of a new order for governance free from corruption, not to abuse the promised funds by the tax payers of the international community is well passed. If the US wishes to lead the international community for a better future for Afghanistan policy makers must change their course. Ad hoc changes with continuation of the status quo in present day Afghanistan, or its repeat through another fraudulent election in 2014, are unacceptable to the Afghan people, and probably unacceptable to the taxpayers of the international community if they knew the full set of facts. This change in policy has to begin at the White House. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney his Republican opponent in the forthcoming election in November 2012 agreeing to the time table already set for withdrawal of US troops by the end of 2014 from Afghanistan and continuation of unknown but large military presence to 2024 and beyond only repeat the same policies leading to the prevailing conditions seen at the present with loss of lives and waist of resources without positive end results that will satisfy the demands of the Afghan and the American people. Learning from past and from repeated mistakes must be easier by now than has been observed in Afghanistan. The need for change in policy toward Afghanistan ending the war and bringing justice, and economic development for the benefit of all is paramount. The Afghan people will not accept any thing less.

 

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