The CIA faced some embarrassment when it was revealed that the intelligence agency had been giving Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai bags of cash for favorable treatment. This revelation was embarrassing for a number of reasons. First, it confirmed reports that Hamid Karzai was running a corrupt government with facilitation by agents of the U.S. government. Second, it is pretty tragic for America to have to bribe the man it installed as president, whose life it protects on a daily basis. You might think this exposure of corrupt practices would lead to a cooling off of the previously secret nefarious activity – not so.
|By: DSWright Monday May 6, 2013 11:35 am|
|By: Swopa Friday January 11, 2013 8:00 pm|
More than three years ago, I wrote here that Obama’s only real decision in Afghanistan was how to manage the United States’ inevitable defeat. Sure, he wound up announcing a “surge” of 30,000 troops, but it was clear to me that this was meant to serve the same purpose as George Bush’s similar 2007 gambit in Iraq: that is, postponing and camouflaging our surrender, rather than avoiding it.
|By: TBogg Tuesday November 8, 2011 2:50 pm|
In the GOP’s never ending search for not Mitt, Iowa conservatives are trying to unite behind a single conservative to win the Iowa caucuses. That leaves a clear field for Rick Perry . . . uh, for Hermain Cain . . . uh, for Michele, uh, no . . . Santorum! He’s below 4 percent. Surge!
|By: David Dayen Monday June 20, 2011 2:51 pm|
If Congress has an opinion on this, let them share it.
|By: Jim White Thursday August 12, 2010 9:44 am|
BBC is reporting Thursday that Iraq’s highest ranking army officer has said that his country is not ready to take responsibility for its own security.
It should be kept in mind that the myth of training Iraqi forces to take over their own security is a product of General David Petraeus’ long history of spinning the media.
|By: Jim White Thursday May 6, 2010 5:11 pm|
On Wednesday, the non-partisan Government Accounting Office released a report (pdf) on Afghanistan. The report reminds us that President Obama chose to increase troop levels in Afghanistan in response to increasing levels of violence there. Despite the increased troop levels, there has been a continued increase in violence, which is further hampering the efforts to provide conditions under which a stable Afghan government can operate.
|By: Jim White Saturday February 6, 2010 4:00 pm|
The US is attempting to dodge responsibility for illegal detentions in Afghanistan by transferring control of the publicly acknowledged facility to Afghanistan while continuing to maintain a network of secret prisons most likely under JSOC control.
|By: Jim White Wednesday January 27, 2010 4:53 pm|
More than sixty nations will gather in London tomorrow for an important series of talks on the future of Afghanistan. General Stanley McChrystal, who heads US forces in Afghanistan, sat for an extended interview with the Financial Times in advance of the conference. His comments, when taken in total, amount to an admission that US strategy in Afghanistan has failed and yet he insists that we must re-commit to this same failed strategy.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 30, 2009 6:02 am|
Seems like your comfort with this is a matter of degree. If you’re looking for some sense of an exit from a war well into its ninth year, maybe an indistinct target for that end will satisfy you. If you’re looking for a specific timetable, the speech probably won’t.