Video : Jamal Dajani U.S. Hasn’t Learned From Own ‘Mistakes in Iraq’
I don’t know if I agree with Dajani’s statements that unlike in Iraq, the Taliban is embedded in Afghanistan in a more integral manner. The Taliban were a largely Pakistani force created and maintained by Pakistan. The Taliban retain power because of their fear tactics and propaganda, not a true sense of loyalty and connection.
As Ambassador Jawad said at an event this morning, it takes the Afghan government 2 years to build a school from construction to first day of instruction but the Taliban only 30 minutes to destroy the building and incite fear in the schoolchildren by beheading their teacher. That is the true power of the Taliban, because as Dajani himself states, there are only about 25,000 Taliban and 32 million Afghans so even if all of those Taliban are Afghans, the numbers don’t add up in favor of the Taliban being ingrained in Afghanistan because they are someone’s brother, son, cousin, uncle etc.
Full Text of H.R. 2647: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010here