Today marks the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. And the progress reports are not good. I’ve listed some of the pieces around this week here, using the delicious stacks tool. But possibly the most damning progress report comes from the White House itself.
Of course, there has been some progress. OBL is dead and as much as half the al-Qaeda leadership has been killed or captured, according to the report. But if the aim is to leave a government with sufficient security and support to keep the insurgents at bay, and get the hell out of Dodge in 2014, the following cherry-picked points will make uncomfortable reading:
- Overall, total security incidents increased by 21 percent over the previous quarter.
- Polling showed that 33 percent of the population considered security in their communities to be good as compared with 50 percent in June 2010.
- The percentage citing Shuras grew from 24 percent to 45 percent, while the percentage citing the ANP [bringing most security to their communities] declined from 48 percent to 31 percent.
- Overall confidence in the Afghan government continued to decline with allegations of corruption at Kabul Bank and within the government undermining public confidence in the Afghan government.
- Afghans reported overwhelmingly, at 87 percent, that government corruption affects their daily lives.
Even if you take the US administration’s massively watered down war aims, the omens look bad. You can read the full report here.