The Pak Banker - - Editorial5 - Eric S. Mar­go­lis

De­cem­ber 2010 Truth is al­ways war's first vic­tim. Af­ter nine years of war in Afghanistan, cost­ing over $100 bil­lion in tax­payer money, Amer­i­cans still don't know the full truth about this murky con­flict. Three re­ports about Afghanistan emerged last week in Washington. First, a po­lit­i­cal white­wash is­sued by the Obama White House claim­ing the war was go­ing well and some US troops might be with­drawn next year. Sec­ond, the Red Cross is­sued a grim re­port show­ing that Afghans were suf­fer­ing wide­spread mal­nu­tri­tion and se­ri­ous health prob­lems un­der Western oc­cu­pa­tion. So much for US-led nation-build­ing.

Third, there were leaks about a new Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Es­ti­mate (NIE), the com­bined find­ings of all 16 US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies. This key in­tel­li­gence re­port is ex­plo­sive and may not be fully re­vealed.

The NIE re­port­edly as­serts that the $13 bil­lion a month Afghan War is at best stale­mated; at worse, Western oc­cu­pa­tion forces are on the de­fen­sive and their vul­ner­a­ble sup­ply lines in­creas­ingly threat­ened. Taleban is ex­pand­ing its con­trol.

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