Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Afghanistan war does not have a clear cause.

Like most Americans, I understand how difficult it is for President Obama to find an end-game strategy for the war in Afghanistan. Like the war in Iraq, he inherited the mistakes of the Bush Administration.

It appears a lot has changed in the volume on the talk of a real democracy in Afghanistan; it has been turned down under the cloud of corruption in the Hamid Karzai's Government. In my opinion, as of yet, Karzai has not made any real overtures toward his country and the world that he is willing to disperse with any member of his government seen as corrupt.

It is not clear to me and many other Americans how much of the belief system of the Taliban is shared among the Afghan men and the government. I don't think Afghan people and the government can have one foot in the Taliban world and the other foot in a hope for a democracy; this dilemma blurs the cause for American and Allied forces in Afghanistan.

Originally, American and Allied forces topped the Taliban Government because that government would not surrender Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda responsible for 9-11. In my opinion, the job went unfinished when the Bush Administration became obsessed with invading Iraq and hastily transferred power to a propped-up government in Afghanistan.

Like many other Americans, I think Osama bin Laden along with many more Al Qaeda members, would have been killed or apprehended if the Bush Administration had stayed focused on the war in Afghanistan.

In my opinion, the belief system of the Taliban is the same as Al Qaeda; neither will deny the other. If the Afghan people and the government can't see the Taliban as their number one enemy, how can American and Allied forces justify building up and training Afghan forces?