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  •  They've also tossed money bags at war lords to (6+ / 0-)

    keep roads safe, which may indeed ultimately fund bombers.
    RULE OF THE GUN: With U.S. Aid, Warlord Builds Afghan Empire

    Karzai's domain isn't all of Afghanistan, but essentially
    Kabul.  The rest of the country is ruled by war lords.

    Our Man in Kabul?: For the U.S. and its allies, Afghanistan is now a two-front war: a military struggle against the Taliban and a bitter political rift with the Afghan president

    Defying skeptics who once portrayed him as a faintly ridiculous "mayor of Kabul," Mr. Karzai has emerged as a surprisingly powerful figure in his struggle with Washington to claw back Afghan sovereignty. This year he forced the U.S. to stop unilateral Special Operations night raids, a key tactic in the war against the Taliban. He insisted on taking custody of hundreds of insurgent suspects held by the U.S. at the Bagram airfield, releasing many of them in a so-far failed effort to convince the Taliban to open peace talks. He also disbanded Western-backed private security firms and deftly removed cabinet ministers and provincial governors whom he suspected of becoming too close to the US
    Karzai Accuses US & Taliban of Colluding to Keep Foreign Troops in Country and keep the Afghan War going on March 11, 2013.
    Karzai said he did not believe the Taliban’s claim that they launched Saturday’s attacks to show they are still a potent force fighting the United States. “Yesterday’s explosions, which the Taliban claimed, show that in reality they are saying they want the presence of foreigners in Afghanistan,” Karzai said.
    Amid the secrecy and double talk, it's impossible to know true intentions, but with all the money bags floating around, it's very possible that some of that money is making its way to fund the Taliban.

    The fact is that the US did train and fund the Taliban and Osama bin Laden to fight the USSR in Afghanistan.

    What goes around comes around.  

    The US does cozy up to some pretty dangerous and bloodthirsty people for whatever reason of the day.  They change allies like super models change clothes.

    John Kiriakou explained the fickle way the CIA makes friends with questionable people to accomplish this or that goal in his book, and I think that is also an integral part of the reason why he is being punished.

    I just saw "Dirty Wars" during the Independent Film Festival Boston, a movie by Jeremy Scahill.  Go see it, everyone.  It's chilling.  The US sent in JSOC, a special forces team of bearded American assassins who would make night raids on suspected enemies on their kill lists.   The raid highlighted in the movie turned out to be on a man who wasn't a "bad guy," but a man who had helped them.  During these raids, they kill not only the target, but sometimes their children, wives, families, and friends.

    Now that's home grown terrorism.

    The point the film clearly makes is that JSOC raids, no matter what the official motive, breed future terrorists.  A child witnesses his father, mother, sisters, brothers killed in the night by a team of US assassins is changed forever.

    Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by CIndyCasella on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 08:47:28 AM PDT

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