US Army Depends on Afghan Security Firm for Protection

By Jeremy Scahill

The Army's arrangement with Burhan and other companies like it across Afghanistan demonstrates the extent to which the most powerful military on earth depends on protection from local Afghans. This phenomenon will only expand as the number of contractors in Afghanistan grows.

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Listening to Afghanistan

The American Prospect
by Ann Friedman

12/22/09

In the spring of 2008 I wrote a column, ‘Listening to Iraq,’ in which I lamented the lack of access that most Americans had to the voices and opinions of the people most affected by the ongoing war. This made it difficult, I wrote, ‘for even the best-intentioned anti-war American to see Iraqis as partners, rather than as a political project.’ I was reminded of that column after Obama’s speech announcing his Afghanistan strategy…. As the American left debates, I’m struck by a desire to know what Afghan women, who have been living under the U.S. occupation for roughly eight years now, think would be best for their country…. To me, the answer is tragically apparent: It doesn’t matter whether U.S. military intervention can be a force for humanitarianism because, in Afghanistan, it never has been and won’t become one...

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