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The Unanswered Question in Afghanistan Is, Why? Wednesday 29 June 2011 by: Jim Hightower, Truthout | Op-Ed

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The Unanswered Question in Afghanistan Is, Why?
Wednesday 29 June 2011
by: Jim Hightower, Truthout | Op-Ed

Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, captured during the opening remarks at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2008. (Photo: Annette Boutellier / World Economic Forum)

America's long, long war in Afghanistan has drained more than 1,500 precious lives and a trillion dollars from our country. But, finally, this enormous outlay paid off this year with the capture and killing of that al-Qaida demon, Osama bin Laden, who attacked America and was the reason our military went into Afghanistan.

Oh, wait -- Osama wasn't in Afghanistan, was he? He was comfortably ensconced in an urban compound in Pakistan, whose leaders are supposedly our allies in the bloody Afghan War. And it wasn't the war effort that got bin Laden, it was old-time spy work, culminating in a raid involving a small team of Navy Seals, a dog and two helicopters.

So why have two presidents and a decade of Congress dumped so many lives and so much money into a country that poses no threat to us? Afghanistan is an impoverished, anarchic, largely illiterate land that's split into ancient tribal factions and innumerable fiefdoms controlled by rival warlords. They have no desire or ability to attack us, some 8,000 miles away.

The only reason we're given for being in Afghanistan is that we must keep the al-Qaida terrorists network from establishing bases there. But -- like bin Laden -- al-Qaida left this country years ago and now operates transnationally in Pakistan, Yemen, Uzbekistan and elsewhere, including England and Germany.

Yet, we're told we must continue to pour American lives, dollars and reputation into Afghanistan. But ... why? To create a central, democratically elected government with a 300,000-member army and police force, we're told. But why? To stabilize the country, they say. But, why? To keep al-Qaida out, they repeat, closing the endless loop on a Kafkaesque rational.

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Yes, President Obama has finally started a slow withdrawal of U.S. troops, but that'll take at least three years, more than $300 billion and untold numbers of shattered lives. The questions remains: Why?

At least one person was giddy with excitement upon hearing President Obama's announcement on June 22 that all of America's combat troops would depart from Afghanistan by 2014: Hamid Karzai.

"A moment of happiness for Afghanistan," exulted the incurably corrupt, inept, weak and pompous Afghan president. Our leaders put this ingrate in power, and both the lives of our soldiers and billions of our tax dollars have been spent to prop up his sorry excuse for a government -- yet he's the one saying "good riddance." It puts the dumb in dumbfounding.

The dumbest and most shameful aspect of America's 10-year Afghan War is the pretension that Karzai represents an exercise in democracy-building. Installed in the presidency by dictate of the Bush-Cheney regime in 2002, he is widely despised and ridiculed by the people and has clung to power only through flagrant electoral fraud, not only in his two presidential "elections," but also in last year's parliamentary contest.

Karzai was PO'd that 62 candidates he favored lost or were disqualified by the country's independent election commission because of fraud. So, Hamid haughtily set up his own special court to review those results, while also bringing criminal charges against several of the independent election commissioners.

Last week, only one day after Obama's withdrawal announcement, Karzai's kangaroo court disqualified the 62 parliamentary winners, replacing them with his chosen ones. Of course, the 62 winners are refusing to budge from their seats. This has created a governmental stalemate, but that suits Karzai perfectly, for it allows him the defacto power to rule without parliament. As a top opposition leader puts it: "Karzai does not believe in the rule of law; he thinks democracy doesn't work in his favor."

It's both insane and immoral for our leaders to cause even one more American to die for Karzai. Tell Obama to bring all of our troops home, pronto. The White House comment line is (202) 456-1111, or www.whitehouse.gov/contact.

Jim Hightower

National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

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Jimmy Cliff at Glastonbury 2011 singing We Don't Want Another Vietnam in Afghanistan
Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Jimmy Cliff"Stop the war" sang Jimmy Cliff at Glastonbury 2011, changing the title of his 1960s anti-war hit Vietnam to Afghanistan. Bob Dylan called Vietnam the best protest song he ever heard. Jimmy Cliff's many hits include Wild World, You Can Get It If You Really Want It, I Can See Clearly Now, Wonderful World Beautiful People. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jim Hightower's 9/11 Truth statements...

Jim Hightower – Best-selling author, national radio commentator, writer, and public speaker.
Former two-term Texas Agriculture Commissioner.
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"I strongly support Ed Asner, Howard Zinn, Medea Benjamin, Kevin Danaher, and the US Green Party in their call for a new, full and fearless investigation into the events of September 11th." http://www.septembereleventh.org

Endorsement of "Inside Job" by Jim Marrs:
"This sobering book is vital reading for every American patriot. Jim Marrs raises so many important and unanswered questions that, whether or not you believe 9/11 was an inside job, there can be no doubt about the need for us to fight to win our country back from these thieves and criminals in high places. This is hair-raising journalism from a fellow Texan populist." http://www.wingtv.net/insidejob.html

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"I strongly support Ed Asner, Howard Zinn, Medea Benjamin, Kevin Danaher, and the US Green Party in their call for a new, full and fearless investigation into the events of September 11th." http://www.septembereleventh.org

Endorsement of "Inside Job" by Jim Marrs:
"This sobering book is vital reading for every American patriot. Jim Marrs raises so many important and unanswered questions that, whether or not you believe 9/11 was an inside job, there can be no doubt about the need for us to fight to win our country back from these thieves and criminals in high places. This is hair-raising journalism from a fellow Texan populist.

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