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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

America's Bad Check to Afghanis

During his speech to the nation at the March on Washington, Martin Luther King told black Americans that the US had bounced a check on their civil rights. Afghanis could say the same thing about the bad check written for peace, security and democracy, as it slowly descends into chaos. The Taliban rises and a generation is lost. ...

According to The LA Times:

Escalating insurgent violence in Afghanistan has placed the fledgling government there in greater peril than at any time since the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, a senior American intelligence official testified Tuesday.

The stark assessment comes as sectarian violence soars in Iraq, underscoring the daunting challenges the United States and its allies face years after invading the two countries.

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said attacks in Afghanistan by remnants of the ousted Taliban government and other groups had surged 20% in the last year.

"We judge insurgents now represent a greater threat to the expansion of Afghan government authority than at any point since late 2001 and will be active this spring," Maples said in a statement submitted to the committee. The DIA is the Pentagon's main source for analysis of military threats around the world.

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