Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book - The Afghan Solution - Inside Story of Abdul Haq

A new book is out about the early history of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan with a look at what could have happened. According to the author, Lucy Morgan Edwards, there was an opportunity to support Abdul Haq in the toppling of the Taliban regime without the extensive bombing campaign and use of Northern Alliance fighters. Abdul Haq, a well-known and respected mujaheddin fighter, had a plan to get top Taliban leaders and commanders to defect and establish a moderate government in Afghanistan. The Bush administration did not support Haq with the result that Haq's plan did not come to fruition. Instead, the Bush administration used the Northern Alliance in their plans to topple the Taliban (aided by the bombing campaign) and installed a centralized government under the corrupt Karzai supported by corrupt warlords from the Northern Alliance. The author asserts that the combination of the bombing campaign (which provided Afghans a rallying point to oppose the foreign invasion), posting of Northern Alliance warlords to key governmental and ministry positions (for the most part excluding Pastuns), and the attempt to impose a centralized government on a tribal based society would go a long way to ensuring a difficult road ahead for the U.S. in Afghanistan.

The The Afghan Solution: The Inside Story of Abdul Haq, the CIA and How Western Hubris Lost Afghanistan

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