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REFLECTIONS ON AFGHANISTAN: Williamson and Chayes discuss Chayes’ article “The Ides of August,” about her experiences working as a reporter and special counsellor to the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the war in Afghanistan.
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The Afghan people hated the Taliban but they were thankful for ridding the country of the war lords.
President Karzia is responsible for bringing the taliban to Afghanistan.
The CIA allied itself with the war lords that the Afghan people hated.
The war lords took over the provincial governments and corruption was rampant.
The US allowed Karzai’s corruption. When one of his staff was caught accepting bribes, it turned out to be the bag man transporting money from the CIA to Karzai.
We trained guerilla fighters to fight a conventional war dependent on our military equipment rather than a guerilla war.
The corruption and failure of Afghanistan is a mirror of American corruption.
Why is Pakistan considered an ally, given that we didn’t trust them not to tip off Osama bin Ladie and they armed the Taliban with military aid that the US provided them.