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  •  It's the most frightening interpretation (12+ / 0-)

    That the U.S. had actually known of the political campaign. And had known of Qazi Kabir, local strongman, with his land theft and secret prisons and such, which is a type we often back.

    How, really, could they not? U.S. conversation with Afghan officials would have brought the strongman up pretty often.

    In a general way, beyond just U.S guns and money to the warlords, we have set up a warlord government. The Afghan parliament is full of them, or their representatives. As are the government ministries. And the security forces.

    There is no document or quote I could cite to suggest intentional U.S. interference in the election, for the strongman, and against the alternative campaign, though.

    Only a general U.S. practice, from the most shadowy part of our shadow war, that works that way.

    •  Our support for Karzai's thug government... (1+ / 0-)
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      makes it quite plain that the US has no problem violently meddling in their politics.

      It's often stated as a given that the current mission in Afghanistan is bolstering the current thug government in the run-up to substantial negotiations with their thug enemies.

      Which is to say we're intervening in a fight between gangs, not "standing up a legitimate blah blah blah".

      "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

      by 2020adam on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 04:47:20 PM PDT

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