America is Performing its Familiar Role of Propping Up a Dictator

By Robert Fisk

After Disneyworld elections, they are on the Karzai-government side against the Pashtun villagers of southern Afghanistan among whom the Taliban live. Where is the next My Lai? Journalists should avoid predictions. In this case I will not. Our Western mission in Afghanistan is going to end in utter disaster.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23897.htm



Afghan police infiltrated by Taliban 'at every level'

Afghanistan's police are poorly trained, plagued by drug addiction and infiltrated by the Taliban "at every level", a former British soldier has claimed.

//snipurl.com/t28gv



Abdullah: Karzai's re-election as Afghan leader 'illegal'

Three days after pulling out of a run-off against the incumbent, Abdullah said a subsequent decision by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to hand Karzai another five years in power had no basis in law and underlined its bias.

//snipurl.com/t28h2



Hamid Karzai reaches out to 'Taliban brothers' in Afghanistan

During his speech, Mr Karzai said: "Afghanistan has been defamed by corruption. Our government has been defamed by corruption." He said his regime would "strive, by any means possible," to eradicate it, but failed to spell out detailed proposals.

//snipurl.com/t21ni



Karzai 'corrupt' but 'our guy', French FM tells NYT

"Karzai is corrupt, O.K.," Mr. Kouchner said, but corruption is endemic in Afghanistan and "he is our guy," despite being weakened by the recent election marked by fraud. "We have to legitimize him".

//www.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/world/europe/05france.html



Meet Our Afghan Ally

By Patrick Cockburn

There is a dangerous misunderstanding outside Afghanistan about what 'corruption and mismanagement' mean in an Afghan context and a potentially lethal underestimation of how these impact on American and British forces.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23957.htm


From Information Clearing House

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US Fed Up With Troops Dying to Prop Up Karzai
//www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/11/06-4

Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) Calls for a Conclusion to the War in Afghanistan
//www.commondreams.org/video/2009/11/06-0



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