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Khalil Nouri: Afghanistan: Mr. Khalilzad, Why Should The White House Page You?

By Khalil Nouri Staff Writer / Editor Op-Ed

Mr. Khalilzad! I don’t get it! Why should anyone on earth page you?

Zalmay Khalilzad

Except for Kathleen Parker, a writer for Washington Post, who says, Paging Mr. Khalilzad! That is, Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and now a wandering consultant on all things Afghan and Middle Eastern. Might we impose on him one more time?” She goes on, “Khalilzad is not a physician, but to the extent that he has apparent healing powers, he is a doctor of diplomacy. He came to mind unavoidably in recent days, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai seemed to be sporting a lighted fuse from the top of his jaunty Persian lamb cap.” And finally with another quote she concludes, “Shouldn’t the White House be paging Khalilzad?”

Mr. Ambassador, unfortunately your diplomatic “healing power” is best defined by another quote, by Will Rogers, “The only real diplomacy ever performed by a diplomat is in deceiving their own people after their dumbness has got them into a war.

This Afghan war is undeniably escalating like a runaway train, and increasingly propagating cripples, mourners, thieves, kidnappers, warlords and drug barons in your place of birth. It is an unimaginable quagmire, the product of hardcore neocon faction policy makers like you; who wholeheartedly had the ears of the Bush-Cheney administration in post 9/11. They totally relied on you for their perception of realities that guided their decisions, based on their faith in your understanding of Afghanistan. And yet, paradoxically you are now being lobbied for a rendezvous with the Obama administration by some ill-informed journalist who has illusions of you taming the Afghan President, Mr. Karzai, with your magical “healing power” and saving us from his “tantrums.”

Needless to say, the true evidence of your failed policies in Afghanistan is likely to exhort a deeper impression on current U.S. policy, whereby their negative results have exacerbated conditions to a level almost beyond repair.

A level that initially began with you as an “envoy” of the Bush-Cheney administration; and as always, your charming and skillfully understated powers of persuasion allowed you to intriguingly and deliberately engineer a path to become the backroom powerbroker who’s scheming implanted your Unocal pal, Mr. Hamid Karzai, as the head of Afghanistan’s transitional government; at the emergency “Loya Jirgah” on June 10, 2002.

Hamed Karzai

In a statement made by a diplomat with Eurasia-Net, “Khalilzad (played) the most important role in (the) agreement between King Zahir Shah and Karzai… (But) he has (also) forced everyone into accepting this deal.”

Of course, that manipulative deal that you endorsed, inflicted upon Afghanistan the incompetent Hamed Karzai, instead of the dignified and popular ex-King Zahir Shah; who was viewed by all as a real “healing power” for the Afghans. In fact, your only interest in the late Zahir Shah was to use his popularity to legitimize Karzai. And still today Zahir Shah’s portraits are in high demand at Karzai’s tribal powwows.

Back in 1996, in an Op-Ed section of the Washington Post, you said, “I (foresee) the former king as a symbol of national unity because of the support that he enjoys along (all) the ethnic lines.”

Was that the reason he was used, then shunned and degraded, by you?

Mr. Khalilzad, do you still see any of the unity you described existing along Afghan ethnic lines, now? Do you see any forthcoming hope for Afghanistan based on what you did in the past? Why has your wise Afghan doctrine failed, so miserably? Sir!

Undoubtedly, your failed doctrine has consequently spanned into its ninth year, creating an atmosphere that—Washington now admits—the entire international community is in deep bewilderment about how to solve Afghanistan’s problems with Mr. Karzai and his gang of thieves, warlords, cronies and drug-King brothers, whom you incubated. They are now major powerbrokers of their own, only trying to follow your example in this war-torn country.

Was that your “healing power” in action? Zalmay Jan!

Moreover, General Stanley McChrystal now acknowledges that U.S. and NATO ties with warlords have been the cause of popular Afghan alienation away from foreign military forces. But that policy is not likely to be reversed any time soon, because U.S. and NATO officials have no alternative to the security services that warlords provide. It started with you advising the Bush administration that we need the “foxes watching the hen house” scenario—a dire recipe’ for warlord-ism in Afghanistan.

Abdul Rashid Dostum

In hindsight, the extraordinary and skillful way you played with those Afghan “major players,” (mostly fundamentalists and warlords) by feigning compromise with them and convincing them that their interests were shared by the United States. How brilliantly you crafted this doctrine; and I bet you would not refute the damage it is causing today Mr. Ambassador!

The damage that systematically deprived the average Afghan population of the prosperity that was supposed to have come from U.S. taxpayer’s money, is only surpassed by the cost of priceless lives— both coalition and Afghans.

You ensured that the Northern Alliance and other warlords were legitimized as cabinet ministers, court officials, and regional governors, and that their wish for a religious-based government was enshrined into the Afghan Constitution. But, by giving them positions of power, you ignored the wishes of the majority of Afghans, who would rather see those criminals on trial. Additionally, it was your idea for the Karzai government to offer amnesty to the Taliban—a doctrine that you called, “co-optation in exchange for cooperation.” Is it working sir?

Mr. Ambassador, where is your loyalty? Is it to America? Is there even an ounce of loyalty to your forefathers’ country? As they say in Laghman, Afghanistan, “Are you fooling the devil?”

Never mind about your wheeling and dealing for the failed Unocal “pipeline-istan” deal, or lobbying for the Taliban to accept the pipeline through Afghanistan during their reign (and asking the Clinton Administration to recognize the Taliban regime); of course it was your willingness to sell your skills to a corporation that was working with the Taliban that revealed your lack of serious concern for the people of Afghanistan.

Never mind whatever failed attempts that you incurred by “holding your Muslim card” during the war in Iraq . And never mind overseeing the mobilization, leadership, funding and coordination of, the media support for, the Islamic fundamentalists who eventually devastated Afghanistan and Bosnia.

This all emerged from your school of thought in conjunction with Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski’s doctrine where you carried out ingenuous and eloquent attempts to enhance Islamic fundamentalism by taking political and organizational leadership of opposition movements so they could be used as a tool for your own use. Now we see the evidence of what happens when you clumsily encourage that very deep Islamic fundamentalism through men like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whom you nurtured, and who is now America’s most wanted Afghan terrorist; and the thriving Taliban with their nonstop insurgency momentum.

Mr. Ambassador, you are known to be a genius for advancing yourself by way of influential connections; and a penchant for policies that will sooner or later reveal their author’s gift for causing a major blowback—rest assured that within time, all will come to the surface. Sir!

A callous man would say, “What said is just history”, but it has caused tremendous damage to America’s interest, loss of lives on both sides, and years of waste.

So what about now Zal?

We are now at a juncture where too much head scratching is seen regarding how we solve Afghanistan’s tangled predicament. Gen. McChrystal made a recent comment about his Power-Point slide, “to understand this slide… means we have won the war.”

We are obviously at a juncture where warlords like Ahamad Wali Karzai can declare himself the “King of Kandahar” and unbalance the entire tribal structure; a juncture where Afghanistan’s Taliban control is at 80 percent; a juncture where only 25 percent of Afghans support the current Karzai government; a juncture where policy makers are also in charge of drug trafficking; the list goes on…

Mr. Ambassador! Really, should you be paged by this Whitehouse? How would you make your way into the door; would you use your magic “healing power” as bait? If so, then “what else is up your sleeves this time?”

Would you be seeking another “vice-royalty” position?

How about maneuvering, via your pal Mr. Karzai (who tried to get President Barack Obama on board) to become the un-elected CEO of Afghanistan, or the “un-official” prime minister, or maybe even another energy advisor? The “prize” (starting from President Bill Clinton to Bush and now Obama) is still the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan pipeline TAP; now TAPI with the inclusion of India.

Would it be business as usual? Zal!

By the way Ms. Kathleen, Please finish your homework before you lobby for Zal to meet Mr. Obama in the Whitehouse.

Khalil Nouri is the cofounder of New World Strategies Coalition Inc., a native think tank for nonmilitary solution studies for Afghanistan. www.nwscinc.org

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34 Comments for “Khalil Nouri: Afghanistan: Mr. Khalilzad, Why Should The White House Page You?”

  1. Thanks Khalil for turning me on to Kathleen Parker.

    I will use my words given the chance to expose her.

    For a long time maybe 40 years in the US the Template for an American woman portrayed in the US Media was woman acting like a man. Hillery Clinton comes to my mind.

    Now what we have in the last twenty years is brain dead mostly or kinda blond bimbos who cannot think past conservative talking points. She is a Sarah Palin who can write and that is about it.

    Thanks

  2. Please send me your 24 nonmilitary solution article.
    I saw what Dr, Zadran wrote.
    I suggest that you tone down your jabs. I agree that his solution is failing big time.

    Yahya

    • Mr. Anwar

      If you go under our 24 nonmilitary solutions in the following link:
      http://newworldstrategiescoalition.org/Home_Page.php
      Under the “integrative studies” you will see the list. A few have been solved, the rest are still under work by our team.
      Due to lack of budget we are unable to study further but this is more or less the foundation for the solutions.

      As I mentioned in my article About Khalilzad; who definitely paints himself as a saint and Dr. Zadran who also shares my view has made the assertion that this is the best approach by assaulting him using media tool.
      Otherwise he (Khalilzad) can pull another blow by fooling Obama administration for using the “heeling Karzai” bait.
      I therefore moved forward with my jabs just to warn folks of his motive. Unless you have a better solution then please introduce in this forum.

      Thank you,

      Khalil Nouri

  3. EXCELLENT.
    I JUST PUBLISHED IT ON FACEBOOK.

    Regards

    Fahim P. Wardag
    Afghanmellat Jerga UK
    http://www.afghanmellat.org.uk

  4. Hassina Youssof

    Reading Khalil’s articles is the only truth that speaks. In case anyone wants to hear the truth. For me is like breeding fresh air. Like Khalil I am a witness of what happened in Afganistan, starting from the Clington and until now. All that created such a mess that is so deep and wide therefore complicated to be fixed. But if the Obama administration just payed attention to such truth and try to change things for suffering Afghan people maybe some relief and hope will prevail. Over the years I witnessed the miracles that no one even imagined could happened, but it did happen, like the Red Army leaving, the Taiban getting defeated. But unfortunately there have always been to many cheating hands playing their dirty games taking advantage and turning things into a bigger mess. I wounder if a miracle will happen again to free Afghanistan from people such as Karzai, Khalilzad and their gangs, plus the warlords. Would that beautiful land with its people be out of so much hardship? It’s possible and still not to late, but things have to happen soon.

    • Hassina Jan,

      You have nailed it right on the head. If all that invasion of the Soviets did not happned it would had been Afghanistan en rout to moderate democratic path.

      West must be always blamed for any wrong decision about Afghanistan proir and post to Soviet invasion. I believe in either case all this mess could have been prevented. But now it is time to pay it with huge money and blood ..

      This is the policy makers fault akin to Mr. Khalilzad who had the high poisiton in all past US administrations since Ronald Reagan and threfore should be held accountable.
      Even the 9/11 is the result of the wrong US foreignn policy that had left the Jehadist intact with arms and money including an adopted home for OBL in Afghanistan with almost high tech training camps.

      Wish you a good weekend.

  5. Well said Mr. Nouri,

    This is some more light on Mr. Khalilzad, Ms. Kathleen must be paying back some loan by this lobbying.

  6. Abdullah Zadran

    Nouri Sahib,

    I have read your 24-nonmilitary solutions. Thank you for your hard work for what you are doing to help Afghanistan.

    Your alternative solution to this current quagmire in Afghanistan is the only explanation to revert the war torn country back into prosperity and tranquility, as it was evidenced prior to Soviet occupation in 1979.

    More importantly, the genuine bonding of various tribes will definitely be in effect where 70 years of Emir Abdul Rahman Khan’s success will be transformed and nationalism once again to thrive.

    We Afghans know that the Afghan tribal structure is enormously complex and far beyond the comprehension of the West, and I suggest as an exclusive university curriculum that it should be focused under the subject of “Afghan Tribal-logy”.

    In fact the tribal allegiance depends on the credibility and prominence of the head of state that he should be completely identified and accepted in the hierarchy of tribal makeup.

    As history thought us that many Afghan tribes had difficulties to compromise and could not come to a concession for power sharing, and always thirst for such supremacy amid the factions resulted in wars and killings. This moved on for century or so until a Jirgah in the name of “one tribe to rule Afghanistan” was formed, which resulted with consensus that the “Mohamadzai” tribe the most obedient and passive of all was to be given the privilege to rule Afghanistan. This is where the foundation of an Afghan state began and for three centuries dishonesty or sham amongst the tribes was nonexistent. But the inner circle “Mohamadzai” intrigues were embedded within the members of the ruling families and were always successfully resolved.

    Furthermore, as noticed during the “Mohamadzai” reign: warlordism, self-made kings, and any other antigovernment trickery as exist now were absent, and for century plus Afghan nation progressed forward.

    This all ended in 2002 with Mr. Khalilzad who was the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan.

    He manipulated the Loya Jirgah processes and told the press that the organizing commission decided to postpone the opening of Loya Jirgah to ascertain the true intentions of the former King Zahir Shah who was also from the prominent “Mohamazai” tribe. Before the King could make his own announcement, Khalilzad gave the answer:

    “The former King is not a candidate for a position in the Transitional Authority…. He then endorses the candidacy of Chairman Karzai.” Khalilzad and Karzai flanked the King and they were only interested in using the King’s popularity to legitimize Karzai.

    Khalilzad used the former King in the name of symbol of national unity because of the support he enjoyed along the ethnic lines.

    It is well known that, if given the chance, the Shah probably would have won a significant number of votes. Many delegates then felt the highly popular ex-King would probably have had the votes to be chosen for a role in the transitional government, but as mentioned above, he was prevented from declaring his candidacy.

    Furthermore, had the ex-King given the role as the head of transitional Afghan government, which was also supported by congressmen Ed Royce, Dana Rohrabacher and Duncan Hunter of California, then the existent dire turmoil in Afghanistan could have been prevented.

    This was evident that the U.S. envoy was deliberately manipulating the politics of Afghanistan so that a weak leader who depended on foreign backing and who needed to appease the warlords be in charge.

    Is the West once again walking away from Afghanistan?

    Moreover, Khalilzad was very instrumental in undermining Afghanistan’s chance for democracy and human right, and helped to cement the political power of war criminals and fundamentalist. His deception and betrayal to his birth country evidenced when he was a former Unocal Corporation consultant and conducted risk analyses for the company. At the time that Unocal was engaging the Taliban on the construction of an oil and gas pipeline through Afghanistan. Khalizad’s willingness to sell his skills to a cooperation that was working with the Taliban revealed his lack of serious concern for the people of Afghanistan.

    In that regards, due to Khalilzad’s assessment we can clearly see a half century plus western involvement in Afghanistan.

    Beyond doubt, and as the result, the election in Afghanistan is not working, and the Afghans here in Vancouver, and Toronto believe that it demonstrates a circus resembling “Ali Baba and the forty thieves”.

    In final, reading Khalilzad’s article “How to make Afghan votes count”

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8b0ff20e-86b7-11de-9e8e-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1

    , I believe he again has something up his sleeve by complement Barak Obama.

    He should bear in mind that his U.S. Viceroy days are over and there will be no need for his ill service for U.S. or Afghanistan.

    With all due respect to all other fellow Laghmanis in Afghanistan, and Khalilzad himself being one, he really knows how to fool the Satan effectively. He is a con artist that has betrayed his birth country and ignored his code of Pashtunwali as well as placing U.S. in a dreadful current situation in Afghanistan.

    He is also a homeless man that neither Afghanistan nor America will ratify a position for him.

    Dr. A. Zadran
    Afghan Community President
    Toronto, Canada

    • Shireen K. Burki

      Dear Dr. Zadran and Mr. Nouri:
      I respect, and admire both of you for speaking the truth. Your words are those of men with nang and your ancestors would be proud of you for this.
      What is so tragic about the current situation post 9/11 is that the Pushtuns on both sides of the Durand line have paid a heavy price for the baighairat actions/tactics (use of suicide attacks, for example) of Mullah Omar’s “shura,” HiG, the Haqqani network, Sayyaf, TTP etc that are contrary to Pushtun mores/culture and reflect those of their various paymasters, to include those whose draconian ideology they subscribe to.
      Just the other day, I heard my former colleague, a Jabarkhel Ghilji/Ghilzai tell an audience tales of how the Pushtuns have become second class citizens in their own country being run by warlords and badmashes of various stripes. The persecute “approach” to the Pushtun has now spread to the Pukhtunkhwa region of Pakistan courtesy of the Pak Army and Wahhabi elements. I guess this is supposed to be some form of “collateral punishment” of a populace that has generally been between the devil and the deep blue sea through no fault of their own. It is indeed ironic that the Arabs, and others, who all love to go on about the phantom “Umma,” that is a figment of their imaginative minds, have successfully managed to divert attention from the fact that it was their haram and zalim acts on 9/11, and not those of the Afghan people, that caused the deaths of so many Americans.

      • Shireen K. Burki

        Oops…meant “collective punsihment” not “collateral.” Thanks J!

        • Thank you Dr. Burki,

          The concern part is about the Afghan people and their fate!!

          Not long ago ordinary a vast population of Afghans hated the Taliban and their Pakistani masters with a vengeance. It should have been the duty of the international community to ensure that the democratically elected government of Afghanistan is militarily strong enough to defend the country against the Taliban and other proxies of Islamabad. (I am in phase with your thoughts)

          There is no room for messing up the country and leave as was the case during post Soviet occupation.

          Nowadays nearly 80% of these Pashtun men say that they are often or always angry, a doubling of this response from one year ago. Nearly half are specifically furious at NATO (over “occupation, civilian casualties and night raids”) and over a third are upset at war and instability (likely also blamed on NATO). Only 9 percent say they are angry with the Taliban!
          In addition, what makes the people disillusioned that the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was not some sort of accident. Over a hundred thousand troops and two hundred thousand military contractors it did not take a wrong turn in the fog and ended up in Afghanistan.

          The ordinary literate cannot comprehend this notion of occupation and they perceive this a foreign dominance and occupation akin to the Soviets which ultimately influences their norm, culture and religion. All taken as a quandary, we add many other factors like tribal imbalance, Karzai corrupt government and opium trafficking including warlordim they will all translate into a very complex predicament and not even anywhere close to what world war II was.

    • Dr. Zadran,

      As always very insightful and thank you for your detailed posting.

      Khalil Nouri

  7. Pasoon Shinwari

    Dear Khalil Jan,

    Your assesment of how Zalmai Khalizad made a mess of an otherwise golden opportunity for Afghanisan, is something that historians will mark as the darkest moment of this poor nation’s history.

    Thank you for showing the true side of Khalilzad.

  8. Khalilzad’s project (Karzai mafia regime) is coming apart at the seams.
    He can try to spin as much as he wants. Won’t change a thing. It’s downhill from here.

  9. Shireen K. Burki

    Dear Mr Nouri:
    Reading your piece is rather painful because it hits close to home. I, do, however, think beating Khalilzad (whom I’ve never met) on the head repeatedly won’t solve Afghanistan’s current problems even if he is complicit as the architect of Afghanistan’s present debacle vis-a-vis its mayor of Kabul. Lots of badmashes around as you know, and most are Afghan representing all ethnicities to various degrees. Then, there is Pakistan that seeks a failed/fractured state on its Western border because it’s petrified of the Pushtun populace and of Afghan irredentism. At the risk of digressing, it is rather ironic to witness Pakistan’s (read: Punjabi/Mohajir) insecurities being played out in a frontal assault on the Pushtun populace, 2 million of whom have been displaced and continue to bear the brunt of the Pakistani state’s Gestapo like policies, especially in the FATA, which then fuels the flames of badal and acts of retaliation that are repugnant and contrary to the stipulations of Pushtunwali and are those of dishonorable men. What irritates, is Pakistani complicity in protecting the very elements that planned 9/11 and their proxies. Instead, the Pushtuns have become the “fall guys” much to the delight of certain Arabs.
    Afghanistan cannot be saved without dealing with Pakistan AND the Kabul regime in ways that we both understand. It is time to draw a line in the sand with both Kabul and Islamabad. However, given current “alliances” this won’t happen anytime soon.

    • Dear Dr. Burki,

      Thank you for your comment.

      In respect to beating Khalilzad on the head will finally be noticed by all for his failed policies that are no longer acceptable or tolerated in Afghanistan. We have to draw the line and say enough is enough … I believe this is where we are all disillusioned to see the source of the problem and the ones who have grasp of the notion will say business as usual must stop.

      In that case, rest assured that we can assert a major hurdle amongst many is solved for Afghanistan.

    • Michael Hughes

      Dear Dr. Burki-

      You bring up a good point about Pakistan and Taliban Central benefitting from U.S. extraction. A few thoughts:

      TALIBAN WOULD LOVE IT, BUT…
      An immediate U.S. withdrawal would greatly please the Taliban right now from a PR standpoint. However, they will miss the U.S./Karzai corruption, incompetence and inability to truly protect anyone, because it’s been one of their greatest recruiting tools to date. I think a phased U.S. withdrawal done correctly, with the right new strategy put in place will benefit Afghanistan. I think networks of like-minded tribal leaders provided with enough guns and money will be a more effective approach- so the Taliban might be kicking themselves once U.S. leaves, ironically.

      PAKISTAN & TALIBAN – NATURAL ALLIES
      I think the Pakistan government and its military leadership are caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, they would like to see the U.S. withdraw and Afghanistan fall into the hands of the Afghan Taliban – who’ve they’ve indirectly and directly supported for years. One could say the ISI, Musharaff and Pakistani madrassas gave birth to the Taliban movement (but many of you no doubt know this).

      ANYBODY BUT INDIA
      Also, Pakistan fears a Karzai-led regime because they want to avoid any arrangement where their mortal enemy India might play any type of role – which is the #1 issue that seems to drive ALL of their foreign policy decisions. If Karzai remains, India will have major influence in Kabul- or at least more influence than Pakistan. India has sunk more money in development aid into Afghanistan than nearly everyone outside of the U.S. An Indian role is a totally unacceptable and unthinkable situation to Pakistan.

      YET, PAKISTAN SHALL REAP A WHIRLWIND…
      However, on the other hand, the Pakistan govt, military and ISI don’t want to lose their grip on power in their own country, to their own version of the Taliban problem – the Tehrik-e-Taliban. They’re playing a dicey game here. Pakistani leaders love power more than Islam.

      Ahmed Rashid pointed out to me once how Musharaff, for example, isn’t as a devout a Muslim as many folks think. He used Islamic extremism as a tool, but didn’t really abide by it himself. Now his “tool” has come home to roost. Thus, we have this “frankensteinian” scenario coming back to haunt the Pakis as they are now reaping what they sowed. (I wrote about this irony last May in an article entiled “Exposing Pakistan: terrorist incubator since 1947).
      http://www.examiner.com/x-4454-Geopolitics-Examiner~y2009m5d27-Exposing-Pakistan-terrorist-incubator-since-1947

      It is a maddening foreign policy to be supporting one version of the Taliban on the Afghan side of the border and then directly fighting another within your own. Logic dictates that it is impossible for both objectives to succeed. So, nothing looks appealing to Pakistan at this point.

      • Thanks Michael Hughes,
        Very detailed and to the point .. You have made a very good point .. There is too much power hunger in Pakistan and that has never been easy to come by for them …
        It is so ironic that either the future Pakistani rulers are being recognized from the either the Butho or Sharif families .. I am seeing Benazir’s daughter Fatima Butho a rising star .. No difference than a conditional monarchy system akin to other moderate Islamic sates ..

      • Shireen K. Burki

        Yup, Pakistan will reap the whirlwind thanks to its obscenely corrupt leadership/elite who has whored itself to every external power with its begging bowl since the “land of the pure” was established. Pakistan is a failed experiment and the people know it. Its only export besides textiles, carpets and basmati rice, has been terrorism (regional and global). It is reaping what it has sowed. What frightens is that it is a nuclear armed state that is imploding…and we all better worry about the “fall out” in our contingency planning.

  10. Janet Albright

    Mr. Khalilzad is paving the way for his friend Mr. Karzai before his arrival in Washington DC to meet with President Obama on May 12th.

    What a pal ….. “You scratch my back and I will scratch yours”..

    The report was out in “POLITICO” on April 21st.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/0410/Khalilzad_explains_Karzai_.html

  11. Your story reminds me of a story I could write, a Broadway play. Maybe you could write it. In the US south there are hill billy clans. Many to most of these people in these clans are divorced remarried, divorced and remarried again.

    Let us say you take all this dysfunctional hill billy group of people, put them in one town only populated by them with all their angry dysfunctional issues with each other.

    Then hire a group of North East mostly New York City born and raised never out of the city family counselors as their family therapists. I can imagine this scenario might give Americans a peek into America and European stupidity at masterminding peace efforts in the region.

    • Archie,

      There is an Afghani saying, “in a city where all are blind, a one eyed man is considered the King.”

      Exactly as you pointed out, the disillusioned is always taken advantaged.

      Thanks for posting.

  12. It sounds like his decision. Let him invest in Disney or Hershey’s or the Green Bay Packers. Whatever he wants, and he’ll probably learn more if he invests in a well-known company rather than a hedge fund

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