Monday, April 5, 2010
Down to the business of it, I'm getting on a plane for Afghanistan later this year--presumably to help Hamid Karzai and the Afghan people continue to pretend like they want freedom and not just more free money from U.S. taxpayers.
Six years ago when I was there the first time, I thought that maybe we could change the minds of the Afghan people and help them to realize what a backward and oppressive life they had chosen. But after six more years of dumping billions of U.S. dollars into their infrastructure and economy, the Afghans still would rather smoke opium and oppress one another. The police and army are shamefully corrupt, and the Afghan government makes the U.S. government look like model citizens. We've given them time, money, and shed plenty of blood for them. I could have kept a positive attitude about staying there for a little while longer if this hadn't come out today:
"He said that 'if I come under foreign pressure, I might join the '," said Farooq Marenai, who represents the eastern province of Nangarhar.
Robert Gibbs reportedly expressed "frustration" at this comment. Instead, I think President Obama and the peacenik congress should have said "Fine. Join them. Just give us 60 days to get all of our troops who keep you alive on a daily basis out of your country. Have a nice life. Oh, and we'll need you to repay the billions of dollars we spent trying to prop up your government. Best of luck!" Most of them campaigned on ending the war anyway. This is the perfect excuse!
I was once an ardent supporter of the Bush Doctrine of "fighting them over there so we don't fight them over here". Karzai's comments should prompt a change we can believe in. Obama and Bush kept saying that we have to stay there so we can stabilize the region. Well, how will we stabilize the region if the people and the government want to embrace the Taliban again? Karzai has no fear of losing U.S. support. He and the Afghan government are playing us for fools. They'll continue to get soldiers killed to preserve their security, and gorge themselves in the trough of U.S. tax dollars that our politicians refuse to stop filling.
Karzai may one day look up and shout "Save me!" And I'll whisper "no".
Posted by The Flatland Gun Nut at 12:47 PM