At the end of Charlie Wilson’s War, there is a very telling quote from Gust Avakratos about post-Soviet Invasion Afghanistan:
“That’s not good enough. Because I am about to hand you a code-word classified NIE [national intelligence estimate] right now and it’s gonna tell you that the crazies have started rolling into Kandahar like it’s a f’ing bathtub drain.”
Its relevant, and highly so, because of the latest updates from Afghanistan.
KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai appeared to stiffen his resolve on Saturday not to sign a security pact with Washington, saying the United States should leave Afghanistan unless it could restart peace talks with the Taliban.
“In exchange for this agreement, we want peace for the people of Afghanistan. Otherwise, it’s better for them to leave and our country will find its own way,” Karzai told a news conference.
The president said pressing ahead with talks with the Taliban, in power from 1996-2001, was critical to ensure that Afghanistan was not left with a weak central government.
“Starting peace talks is a condition because we want to be confident that after the signing of the security agreement, Afghanistan will not be divided into fiefdoms,” he said.
Mr. President, your nation is already divided into fiefdoms. And your release of Mujahideen is NOT HELPING.
I have posted this many times, but I am going to KEEP doing so for one simple reason, we need to know what is REALLY happening on the ground in Afghanistan. Milbloggers, if I am wrong, please tell me so.
Because right now, it’s looking increasingly likely that the followers of John Calvin’s evil and crazy Muslim brother are going to retake power in Afghanistan after we leave. And if that happens, we will likely have to return in about twenty years.
H/T: Weasel Zippers