12.30.2009

Another Bush/Cheney Mess That's Worse Than Once Thought: Afghanistan's Army (UPDATED)

Here’s a perfect example of how Bush/Cheney screwed up their so-called 'war on terror' to the point of catastrophe, while leaving it to others to clean up, just like the economy, the banking industry, the health care system, the auto-industry, the EPA, the FCC, the FDA, Guantánamo Bay, the VA health system, the Justices Department, etc., etc., etc.

Afghanistan army flunks Pentagon report card

Dec. 29: A sobering assessment of Afghanistan's security forces has raised new questions about whether America's partners in the fight against terrorism are fit for the task. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

UPDATE:

Rachel Maddow had Richard Engel on last nights show to discuss the report.


UPDATE II:

Don't believe Cheney/Bush admin screwed up Afghanistan? See today's NY Times piece, "Army Historians Document Early Missteps in Afghanistan":
The historians say resistance to providing more robust resources to Afghanistan had three sources in the White House and the Pentagon.

First, President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had criticized using the military for peacekeeping and reconstruction in the Balkans during the 1990s. As a result, “nation building” carried a derogatory connotation for many senior military officials, even though American forces were being asked to fill gaping voids in the Afghan government after the Taliban’s fall.

Second, military planners were concerned about Afghanistan’s long history of resisting foreign invaders and wanted to avoid the appearance of being occupiers. But the historians argue that this concern was based partly on an “incomplete” understanding of the Soviet experience in Afghanistan.

Third, the invasion of Iraq was siphoning away resources. After the invasion started in March 2003, the history says, the United States clearly “had a very limited ability to increase its forces” in Afghanistan.

The history provides a detailed retelling of the battle of Tora Bora, the cave-riddled insurgent redoubt on the Pakistan border where American forces thought they had trapped Osama bin Laden in December 2001. But Mr. bin Laden apparently escaped into Pakistan along with hundreds of Qaeda fighters.

The historians call Tora Bora “a lost opportunity” to capture or kill Mr. bin Laden. But over all, they deemed the battle a success, concluding that even with more troops, the American and Afghan forces probably could not have sealed the rugged border.

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