[ Editor’s Note: I had expected this to be coming, the Afghanistan government blaming the US and NATO in advance for the anticipated Taliban offensive that will take over more and more of the country.
Of course Karzai had not a word to say about the ruthless corruption inside the Afghan government where huge stolen funds could have been spent on projects to build more public support.
But alas the country is still in a Medieval mindset, where those who rule take what they want and leave the rest for the people to fight over.
Car and truck bombings will continue, as will attacks on girls’ schools, a Taliban favorite target, as they have such low self esteem that the thought of having to deal with educated women frightens them more than anything.
VT learned years ago about the US ‘entities’ intimately involved in training and moving War of Terror proxy troops around the Grand Mideast Chess Board in order to take advantage of the resulting chaos, like deploying US troops to fight people we had trained and equipped. Why invent new tricks when the old ones work just fine?
David Byrne must have been channeling some of this for his “Once in a Lifetime” with its great line “You may wonder, how did I get here,” a song for the ages… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … June 20, 2021
KABUL, Afghanistan — In an interview with The Associated Press just weeks before the last U.S. and NATO troops leave Afghanistan, ending their ‘forever war,’ Hamid Karzai said extremism is at its “highest point” and the departing troops are leaving behind a disaster.
“The international community came here 20 years ago with this clear objective of fighting extremism and bringing stability … but extremism is at the highest point today. So they have failed,” he said.
“We recognize as Afghans all our failures, but what about the bigger forces and powers who came here for exactly that purpose? Where are they leaving us now?” he asked and answered: “In total disgrace and disaster.”
Still, Karzai, who had a conflicted relationship with the United States during his 13-year rule, wanted the troops to leave, saying Afghans were united behind an overwhelming desire for peace.
“We will be better off without their military presence,” he said. “I think we should defend our own country and look after our own lives. … Their presence (has given us) what we have now. … We don’t want to continue with this misery and indignity that we are facing. It is better for Afghanistan that they leave.”