Our Afghan allies now get cold shoulder

  • Article by: MARSHALL WILDE
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 7:56 PM

This abject moral failure reflects poorly on us as a country and threatens our ability to recruit allies in the future

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dsdavisDec. 10, 12 8:44 PM

"I found it difficult to tell the Afghan government to obey its laws when it was clear to me that the United States was not doing the same." says it all Mr. Wilde. The executive branch of our United States government breaches laws weekly, then sends in the Justice Department to obfuscate, ad nausium, any attempt to hold it accountable for it lawless behavoir.

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theruntDec. 10, 1211:24 PM

At one point, roughly 80% of those employed by us said they would seek visas. Of these, more than 60% reported either no threats or non-credible threats. We don't want to desert those who helped us and are in danger, but from what I've read, instances of exaggeration have been common.

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comment229Dec. 11, 12 5:13 AM

If I am reading this right, then the writer has given up all hope of having a government in control of the country that will essentially bring peace to this country; and suggests massive corruption in Afghanistan. Leave our government out of it. Simply, the author is admitting the last ten years have been a waste, and the next year or so is going to be a waste. So why are we there? Karzai is already bad mouthing our country and even he sees that his days are numbered. I have no problem bringing the people who helped us come to the USA, but that is not the issue for me. The real issue is/was and always will be the total waste of time, money, and especially life. The day Bin Laden was killed, is the day we should have left that country.

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owatonnabillDec. 11, 12 5:32 AM

This article is less a commentary on an "abject moral failure" than it is a commentary on a way of life. We may gasp in horror at such things as this article describes but in actuality, to the Afghans and many other people in the middle east, it is merely business as usual. We are victims--either of our own idealism or our shortsightedness, and I'm not sure it matters just which.

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comment229Dec. 11, 12 7:02 AM

PS... those of us old enough to remember, saw the exact same thing near the end of the Vietnam War; people scrambling to get out of Vietnam anyway they could as Saigon fell. Yet another parallel with Vietnam. A lot of Americans learn from their mistakes. Apparently some politicians never did and never will. We don't ever need another Afghanistan or Vietnam and the only way I can think of to make it so appalling to the American public is to resurrect the draft. If everybody has someone at risk, I think politicians and the American public will take a harder look before jumping into any future conflicts. I wish this wasn't the case, but our empire building has to cease, especially when we have so many domestic problems at home. It is time to take care of Americans first!

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cavellDec. 11, 12 7:27 AM

we try and stabilize a foreign country and require the help of its citizens. we let them self rule and try and leave and they are afraid to live in their own country now? so there never was stability.

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