February 28, 2008, - 3:32 pm
The Afghan government under President Hamid Karzai controls just 30 percent of the country, the top U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday.
National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the resurgent Taliban controls 10 percent to 11 percent of the country and Karzai’s government controls 30 percent to 31 percent. But more than six years after the U.S. invasion to oust the Taliban and establish a stable central government, the majority of Afghanistan’s population remains under local tribal control, he said. . . .
“The tribal areas remain largely ungovernable and, as such, they will continue to provide vital sanctuary to al-Qaida, the Taliban and regional extremism more broadly.”
Score another “Mission Accomplished” for George W. Heckuva Job, Bushie.
More American soldiers will die there until we drop bombs and show we mean business (. . . or leave). Just staying there to go through the motions and make nice to extremely barbaric people accomplishes nothing.
Happy poppy growing season.
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