Monday, February 25, 2013

Wardak Torture Allegations Reveal Afghan-American Complications

The ongoing struggle for Western, mostly American, forces in war torn Afghanistan was complicated over the weekend as the Afghan government demanded U.S. special forces be withdrawn from Wardak due to allegations of torture, killing and illegal detention in the important Eastern Province.

Thus far, according to a high ranking German General within NATO who is working with the Karzai regime to resolve the matter, there has been no evidence whatsoever to support this claim and if history is any guide on this subject, there likely wont be either.

And if you go even further, according to a pact signed between and Afghan and American governments, no special force missions can occur without the approval of the Afghan government or their commandos on the ground, meaning if something did occur as part of an operation - the had to have previously approved it.

This clusterfark of a situation has just further complicated and strained relations between us and the Afghan government over vague accusations that are likely to blow over. If we are serious about ending this conflict on our terms, we need to reach out more, and I can't believe I'm saying this, to local tribal forces and away from the national government.

As we cannot reign in terror effectively with an immature babysitter watching over us, obsessed with public satisfaction and fear of overthrow, and having full veto over our special forces.

What say you?

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