The War “It’s basically a criminal enterprise.”
posted by October 22 at 16:15 PMon
If you’d like to know what’s going on in Afghanistan, all you need is 22 minutes and to click here, to a Bill Moyers interview with Sarah Chayes from February.
If you want to know in more detail, read Chayes’s book The Punishment of Virtue. It details her attempts, among other things, to get the local warlord in the southern center of Kandahar fired—instead he was promoted by Karzai. (If you’re pressed for time with this book, you can skim some of the historical sections without missing much.) Given the news lately, this ought to be a popular Christmas gift.
Choice bits from the interview?:
The U.S.-backed Karzai government is “basically a criminal enterprise.”
Pakistan, which receives $1 billion a year from the U.S., is a Taliban factory: “It’s actually U.S. taxpayer money paying the insurgency.”
That’s only the beginning. Really. Just 22 minutes.