In the name of beating the Taliban, the West is sticking with allies who are anything but the good guys, reports Paul McGeough.
Buried in the wastes of south Afghanistan, Oruzgan is a lost-cause province often invoked as a decorative footnote, because it is the birthplace of Mullah Omar, the founder of the Taliban.
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As home to the bulk of Australian forces in Afghanistan, Oruzgan also has become the military parking-lot in which Canberra spins its wheels, at the edge of a nation-building black hole consuming hundreds of billions of dollars coughed up by the international community.
Phi Beta Iota Editorial Comment: USG, in name of USA, is still “best pals” with 42 of th 44 dictators on the planet. Click on Ambassador Mark Palmer’s photograph to access his utterly honest book, Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World’s Last Dictators by 2025, and his presentation to OSS ’04.
Ambassador Palmer has INTEGRITY. Without it, no foreign policy will succeed, and will continue to waste national blood, treasure, and spirit.