No wonder the administration wants to see how the run-off works out in Afghanistan! There is a problem. There are two Karzais to deal with! If Hamid loses what will we do with Ahmed? According to The New York Times little brother Ahmed has been on the CIA pay roll, in essence, for most of the past eight years! He denies it, stating any help given to the U.S. was his duty as an Afghan. Right.
Like his big brother, Hamid, he is reputed to be as corrupt as the day is long. He's heavily involved in the country's major export - drugs. So. How do we win the trust of the people if we're supporting the likes of these men? Hamid will undoubtedly win the run-off. So we will still have him and his brother, who seems to me to be a double agent, to deal with.
I don't envy Obama. He's already made it clear complete withdrawal is not an option. So now we'll have a third front. Not only the Taliban and al Qaeda but the Karzai boys.
I know what I'd do. I'd send the troops the Generals want and wipe up the whole mess as quickly as possible. Inclusively. Then get out. That would give the opposition time to strengthen, the security forces time to be trained and we'd be gone along with the Taliban, al Qaeda and Karzai and his cronies.
I hate war. I hate it. But since we're in it, as I've been saying, if we're going to do it, let's get it done.
By the way, whatever happened to the Obama who said he'd listen to his Generals? You hoo! They're speaking to you! They've been speaking to you!