Mohammad Naim Lalai Amirzai, an Afghan Parliament member from Kandahar eloquently describes the situation in Afgahnistan.
Describing the past he says We were not happy about the arrival of the surge troops and we are not sad that they left’.
Predicting the future he says–’As the American surge ends, the Taliban surge will begin’.
As the 33,000 members of the US forces are called home, President Obama’s capitulation to the right wingers in the US has come to an end. The so called surge ends at a time when violence is at a record high, Green upon Blue incidents are peaking, and more Afghan territory is in the hands of the Talibs then ever before. With the surge gone, most of the mercenaries will begin heading home. With this withdrawal, there are around 68,000 more US troops and 40,000-100,000 NATO troops left in ”the graveyard of empires”. Most European and NATO countries will begin the drawdown next year.
Jacobson, a former NATO adviser to General David Petraeus (now CIA director) says it all “We have not seen as much success as we had hoped for…Did the surge provide the necessary impetus in terms of security and the support of government and other activities so the Taliban and the insurgency would be brought to the table? I don’t think that has happened as quickly as people had originally hoped.”
The Afghans and Pakistanis always say “the Americans have all the watches, and we have all the time.” This has never been more true. In last thirty years the third generation of what President Reagan had called the “Mujahideen” and “the moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers of America” have defeated the USSR and now the USA.
Today the Afghan National Army (ANA) is disarray and unable to hold any territory. It is infiltrated by the Talibs and is incapable of standing up to the Talibs. The Talibs are bdiing their time and waiting till 2013 and 2014 when the Americans will leave.
Michael Glackin, a former managing editor of The Daily Star who is a writer in London says. “The West has lost. And when Western countries are not even pretending to train Afghan troops, is there really any point in hanging around until 2014?”
Today the Afghan war is unpolar in America. Polls show more than 60 percent of Americans opposing the war. Even Rupublican hawks like Rep. C.W. Bill Young, of Florida are saying ‘we’re killing kids who don’t need to die’–”“I think we should remove ourselves from Afghanistan as quickly as we can.”
Rupee News presceint prophesy of an earlier withdrawal from Afghanistan is now being mimicked in the US Congress. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, has raised the prospect of an early withdrawal of America forces, scheduled to be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
The Washington Post reports McCain as saying “I think all options (should) be considered, including whether we have to just withdraw early rather than have a continued bloodletting that won’t succeed…The whole program has to be re-evaluated because the process they said would lead to that withdrawal has been an abject and total failure.”
We have always predicted that US and NATO troops will be unable to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin has questioned the legality of stay beyond 2014– “Contradictory statements that foreign troops…will leave Afghanistan, but foreign bases will stay raise questions.” He has stressed that the further presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan would require a decision by the UNSC. “If the war on terror needs to be continued, then it will be necessary to have the mandate extended by the Security Council.” It is unlikely that the UNSC is in a mood to extend that mandate.
With a clear reference to Pakistan and Iran, the Russian Ambassador has said “The military presence should not be used against the interests of Afghanistan’s neighbors and countries of the region.”
The Pittsburg Post echoes the sentiments of most Americans “Full withdrawal should be speeded up from 2014 to 2013. The United States has done all it can and needs to leave.”
“The financial loss came from a shocking attack by Afghans — this time probably Taliban — at Camp Bastion last week. Eight Harrier jets were destroyed or damaged on the ground and two Marines, including Irwin native Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, died. The loss of the jets cost more than $200 million and the fact that the Afghan attackers were able to pierce the base’s defenses suggests the attack was an inside job.