Wednesday, October 28, 2009

How Could the CIA Be So Stupid?

With our President making a decision on how to proceed in Afghanistan, the CIA, still packed with Bush/GOP holdovers who burrowed in, has laid a humongous egg:

ahmed-wali-karzai Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.

The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home.

The financial ties and close working relationship between the intelligence agency and Mr. Karzai raise significant questions about America’s war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House.

The ties to Mr. Karzai have created deep divisions within the Obama administration. The critics say the ties complicate America’s increasingly tense relationship with President Hammed Karzai, who has struggled to build sustained popularity among Afghans and has long been portrayed by the Taliban as an American puppet. The C.I.A.’s practices also suggest that the United States is not doing everything in its power to stamp out the lucrative Afghan drug trade, a major source of revenue for the Taliban.

More broadly, some American officials argue that the reliance on Ahmed Wali Karzai, the most powerful figure in a large area of southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgency is strongest, undermines the American push to develop an effective central government that can maintain law and order and eventually allow the United States to withdraw.

“If we are going to conduct a population-centric strategy in Afghanistan, and we are perceived as backing thugs, then we are just undermining ourselves,” said Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the senior American military intelligence official in Afghanistan… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <NY Times>

Backing the puppet Karzai and his brother, the thug Karzai fit well into the Bush/GOP agenda of war, beautiful war, endless war.  I think it’s time Obama admit that the Bush/GOP Regime screwed this up beyond hope of repair, and start talking to our allies about a change of strategy in which we kick the Karzais to the curb, withdraw most troops, and support local populist leaders.


Randal Graves said...

Not that you don't already know this - so why am I saying it? So my comment has more than five words? ;-) - but it's less stupid and more hubris.

TomCat said...

Randal, I'd say it's like our economy... Bushwhacked.