ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, former U. S. senator
2009 -- We learned after ten years and 58,000 dead in Vietnam that you
can't force feed democracy. And now corrupt foreigners can't force feed
a corrupt democracy in Afghanistan.
years and 833 dead in Afghanistan, the United States mission boils down
to that described in a New York Times editorial of November 3rd,
entitled "President Karsai's Second Term:"
Karsai must prove that after "seven years of mismanagement and
he is deserving of [his people's] trust."
Karsai "must appoint a new group of ministers and provincial governors
who are committed to rebuilding their country, not enriching themselves."
Interior Ministry, which oversees the corruption-plagued Afghan National
Police, must be reformed."
agriculture, energy and private development agencies all [get] better
Afghan people need "to see their government working to protect
them and improve their lives
can't ask GIs to lose their arms and legs, even life itself, for
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Karsai must "reach out to members of the opposition, choosing competent
technocrats for senior jobs."
Karsai must "break ties with his most unsavory cronies."
Karsai must demand that Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostrum "stand trial
for his crimes."
Karsai finally cuts "his ties with his brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai,
whom American officials say is a big player in the opium trade."
must also cut its ties with the younger Mr. Karzai
regular payments from the CIA for the past eight years."
Mr. Karsai kills the Taliban, he must "work with the Americans
to come up with a strategy to try to woo midlevel Taliban leaders in
from the cold."
Karsai and the U. S. "need to quickly develop a plan to
accelerate training of the Afghan security forces."
ask GIs to lose their arms and legs, even life itself, for this mission.
of South Carolina served 38 years in the United States Senate, and for
many years was Chairman of the Commerce, Space, Science & Transportation
Committee. He is the author of the recently published book,
Government Work (University of South Carolina Press, 2008).
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Carolina's governor, lieutenant governor and a member of the S.C. House of
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