Friday, July 06, 2007

Tories, Ask Yourselves Why

From today's Globe article about the "pacified" area in which our six soldiers were just killed:
But parts of the district are falling back into Taliban hands, locals say, after security duties were handed to a ragtag police force that quickly found itself overwhelmed by a lack of supplies and reduced to banditry for survival.
Why, after six years, are the police forces a)still described as "ragtag" and b)"overwhelmed by a lack of supplies and reduced to banditry for survival"? Does this look like success, or even the beginning of success? Is our aid money getting down to the local level, or is it being sent to Swiss bank accounts? Tories would do well to try to find the answers to these questions, rather than covering their ears and shouting "Support the troops".

Update: And if you really want to give your brains a workout, read this. Ask yourself, does this read like NATO has a handle on the drug trade (and note well the spreading corruption within the Afghan government)? I realize your automatic "liberal media" gag reflex has kicked in, but try to keep an open mind.
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