Let’s go back to 2001, before 9/11. What country gave the Taliban in Afghanistan $43,000,000 (that’s MILLION) dollars to help our friends, the Taliban, in their war against drugs. Incidentally, these same ‘friends’ were hosting this guy named Bin Laden at the time. Of course, our pals, the Taliban, ‘gave its order to halt cultivation merely to drive up the price of opium the regime had already stockpiled’.
These supposed anti-drug friends:
prohibited the education of girls, tortured and executed political critics, and required non-Muslims to wear distinctive clothing–a practice eerily reminiscent of Nazi Germany’s requirement that Jews display the Star of David on their clothing. Yet U.S. officials deemed none of that to be a bar to cooperation with the Taliban on drug policy.
Hmmmmm. Forty-three million bucks…2001…making the world safe against terrorism. Wonder how they spent some of that $43,000,000 bucks.
Soooo, after 9/11, we muster together the strength to actually invade Afghanistan and uproot the Taliban, who we now see were bad guys all along. We banded groups of anti-Taliban warloads together, and stitched together a democracy. A worthy cause to be sure, and it was actually working, until…
We got distracted by the war in Iraq. Our attention, and most of our troops got refocused. We’re still there attempting to referee what is becoming a civil war. Our own intelligience is reporting that our war in Iraq is worsening the terrorist threat.
Meanwhile back in Afghanistan, guess who’s back!!! Those wacky Taliban guys, closing down the schools, keepin’ the girls in the kitchen. The war we should have fought and won, is going backward.
And these are the guys who we trust to fight terrorism?