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Monkey see Monkey Do Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:12 AM
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Sy Hersh -- "The Other War" (Afghanistan)
Lengthy new piece by Hersh in the New Yorker -- looks at a Pentagon commissioned study of Afghanistan that's now being rejected, the state of women's rights, heroin, warlords, Karzai, the proposed Autumn election & what the US is (& isn't) doing to improve the lot of the population. The second link is an interview with Hersh.

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In December, 2002, a year after the Taliban had been driven from power in Afghanistan, Donald Rumsfeld gave an upbeat assessment of the countrys future to CNNs Larry King. They have elected a government. . . . The Taliban are gone. The Al Qaeda are gone. The country is not a perfectly stable place, and it needs a great deal of reconstruction funds, Rumsfeld said. There are people who are throwing hand grenades and shooting off rockets and trying to kill people, but there are people who are trying to kill people in New York or San Francisco. So its not going to be a perfectly tidy place. Nonetheless, he said, Im hopeful, Im encouraged. And he added, I wish them well.

A year and a half later, the Taliban are still a force in many parts of Afghanistan, and the country continues to provide safe haven for members of Al Qaeda. American troops, more than ten thousand of whom remain, are heavily deployed in the mountainous areas near Pakistan, still hunting for Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader. Hamid Karzai, the U.S.-backed President, exercises little political control outside Kabul and is struggling to undercut the authority of local warlords, who effectively control the provinces. Heroin production is soaring, and, outside of Kabul and a few other cities, people are terrorized by violence and crime. A new report by the United Nations Development Program, made public on the eve of last weeks international conference, in Berlin, on aid to Afghanistan, stated that the nation is in danger of once again becoming a terrorist breeding ground unless there is a significant increase in development aid.

The turmoil in Afghanistan has become a political issue for the Bush Administration, whose general conduct of the war on terrorism is being publicly challenged by Richard A. Clarke, the former National Security Council terrorism adviser, in a memoir, Against All Enemies, and in contentious hearings before the September 11th Commission. The Bush Administration has consistently invoked Afghanistan as a success storyan example of the Presidents determination. However, it is making this claim in the face of renewed warnings, from international organizations, from allies, and from within its own militarynotably a Pentagon-commissioned report that was left in bureaucratic limbo when its conclusions proved negativethat the situation there is deteriorating rapidly.

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040412fa_fact

Interview:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/content/?040412on_onlin...
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:20 AM
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1. Hersh was on "Democracy Now!" today (Wed 4/7)
should be available for listening later in the day

Democracy Now!
with Amy Goodman

http://www.kpfa.org/index.php
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Monkey see Monkey Do Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:54 AM
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2. Cool -- thanks nt
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ithacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:43 PM
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3. I wish Hersh could be part of the 9/11 commission...
Or at least be interviewed by it. He has an enormous wealth of information on all of this stuff.
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