Ahmed Wali Karzai Was Symbol of Afghan War’s Complexity

Today’s killing of Ahmed Wali Karzai, reportedly by a close business associate, is a reminder of the complicated web of loyalties, interests, and contradictions that the U.S. has attempted to navigate for nearly a decade. Ahmed Wali Karzai was a politician working within the system and a criminal working against it; he ran militias on behalf of the CIA and funded drug networks that were the stated enemy of the U.S. military; he worked with trucking contractors that sold services to NATO and that funded anti-NATO warlords; he was a close ally of the U.S. and a tremendous drag on its mission to win over the Afghan people. 

Even in death, he is a contradiction. His killing, as the half brother of the nation’s president, is both major news for the Afghan war and barely news at all; in March, President Karzai’s cousin was killed by a U.S. night raid, a tragedy for the family that had little appreciable affect on an already sour Obama-Karzai relationship. 

Read more at The Atlantic


President Barack Obama sent a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday apologizing for the burning of copies of the Koran at U.S. military base in Afghanistan, the White House said.

“In the letter, delivered by Ambassador (Ryan) Crocker this afternoon in Kabul, the president also expressed our regret and apologies over the incident in which religious materials were unintentionally mishandled at Bagram Airbase,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

The burning of Korans at the Bagram airbase near Kabul has sparked fierce protests against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Read more: Obama apologizes to Karzai over Koran burning

This is an assassination, an intentional killing of innocent civilians and cannot be forgiven.
—  Afghan President Hamid Karzai • Using tough words in discussing the mass killing of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly at the hands of a U.S. soldier. Karzai says he’s asked the U.S. to stop killing Afghan civilians many times in the past, but the latest incident seems to have put him over the edge.
Afghanistan's math:

1. The United States effed up the war in Afghanistan in uncountable numbers of ways. In so doing, it managed to eff up Afghanistan even more than it was before the invasion.

2. The “leaders” of Afghanistan have exploited the United States’ uncountable failures to enrich and empower themselves while abusing the Afghan peoples. They have effed up Afghanistan on top of the Americans’ effing up of Afghanistan.

3. Effed up + effed up does not equal victory no matter how many times the Bushies and the Obamanoids claim that it does.

4. Plus, it’s not effed up + effed up. It’s effed up TIMES effed up. 

It’s effed up (squared).

#let’s get the heck out of Afghanistan dammit

'Ipso facto unwinnable'

77 US troops Wounded in Truck Bombing of Base in Wardak; Top Reasons US should get out of Afghanistan

According to Robert Crews of Stanford University, the large US/NATO troop footprint in the country, along with the US-engineered overbearing presidency, which the US uses to try to control the country– all this contributes to fanning the flames of insurgency. That is, Washington thinks that the Taliban and other insurgents can be crushed by Western military force, but in fact that very foreign military presence creates a bigger and bigger insurgency.  >continue<

One might add that, while fears for the integrity of Pakistan itself have provided some rationale for sticking it out, the problems with Pakistan have become so torqued in the wake of the Bin Laden raid as to appear insoluble - and likely beyond factoring into rational justifications for the tremendous costs (financial and political) of prolonging the US presence in Afghanistan. That is to say, this issue warrants hard focus and debate.

Greetings from Afghaistan

From: Brian Drury
Date: Mar 11, 2013 3:06:33 AM
Subject: Re: Holy crap
To: Mark Drury

ok take care

From: Mark Drury
Date: Mar 11, 2013 2:37:11 AM
Subject: Holy crap
To: Brian Drury

It is just crazy and stupid over here - - there’s so much distrust and suspicion on everyone’s mind - - it is so tense and electric over here - - no one trusts anyone - - everyone is walking on eggshells wondering about the intent of others and who is going to lose it first - - paranoia is rampant - - just crazy/stupid.

No one can figure Karzai out?!?   I think he’s bi-polar - - definitely a fair-weather friend to the US at best - - the relationship is so strained - - everyone is being cautious so as NOT to piss this guy off where he makes some stupid unilateral order or decision - - such a war torn nation where all are tired and weary - - and things aren’t making sense.

From: Brian Drury
Date: Mar 11, 2013 12:43:15 AM
Subject: Hey bro
To: Mark Drury

hey mark how’s it going?