April 21st, 2010
02:09 PM ET

The difficulties of training Afghan police

Kandahar training

A U.S. Army adviser trains Afghan national policemen in Kandahar.

U.S. and Canadian troops are working around the clock to stand up the Afghan police force in Kandahar, part of a nationwide program to create a force of 134,000 police men and women by October 2011. That's just after President Obama's target date for beginning to reduce the U.S. military presence. One of the top problems they're trying to address is corruption.  Full story

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  1. Mohammad A Dar

    GOD created the good & the evil & only he can stop or change the evil. Unfortunately the people of that region believe in the modern Q'uran which has actually been changed 4 differant times from the original. Ishmael's people & religion,Islam, have been hijacked by some that are intelligent, some that are half intelligent & others that are just to uneducated & desperate to care or be able to learn the differance & resist. The Jews, Muslims, Arabs, Christians, Gentiles & Seculars used to live amongst each other with out all the violence & hatred you see today. It is one of Lucifer's oldest temptations, greed & power that is causing most of what you see these days in countries like Afghanistan. I have said this before & yes it is unpopular but, if the world wants this country to change & join the human rights respecting population we will have to occupy them for at least 20+ years & raise a generation of civilized thinking, human rghts caring individuals. This will only work if it is truely part of GOD's ultimate plan & it may or may not be, only he knows.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Posted by: Iraq Paramedic----------RIGHT WING CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALIST LIE. WHAT THEY WOULD NOT DO TO PROPAGATE A LIE, THINKING IT WILL REPLACE THE TRUTH LIKE NAZE PROPAGANDIST, HEMLER.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohammad A Dar

    People are expecting to much from the people of the mountain. It is same as, what could be expected from the boot lagers of Tennessee in the early 1900's.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JEFF

    Training the Afghan police and Army is the way ahead for bring our troops home. This is a challenge since they rely on the US to do everything. The money spent here is for the greater good. However, this process takes time and many resouces.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel-2

    The sooner we leave Afghanistan the better.Besides,who are we to decide that country's future and tell them how to live their lives? Do the Afghans really have to stop chanting "Allah Akbar" and start chanting "Allah Snackbar" before all the right-wing thugs in Washington are finally happy???

    April 23, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Harold

    This is an uphill battle buit one that is winnable in my opinion. I am familiar with these issues as a member of a military transition team in Iraq last year. Our most important lesson was to work within the local culture to accomplish our joint goals. A 100% Iraqi plan executed with mediocrity was far better than a U.S. plan executed flawlessly. Understand that there is substantial corruption and poverty there and I'm sure Afghanistan is probably worse off currently because of it's history and geography. In order to ensure terrorists are not allowed safe haven in this country, we must continue to support the development of strong Afghan national security forces while encouraging competence and responsibility.

    April 22, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Smith in Oregon

    With the upcoming Peace Summit coming after President Karzai meets with President Obama, I wouldn't be surprised that after American and NATO troops leave Afghanistan that nearly ALL of these 'McChrystal Shake and Bake Afghan Police and Security' forces PLEDGE their alliance back to the Taliban and life goes on as before in Afghanistan within a week of our departure.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Iraq Paramedic

    GOD created the good & the evil & only he can stop or change the evil. Unfortunately the people of that region believe in the modern Q'uran which has actually been changed 4 differant times from the original. Ishmael's people & religion,Islam, have been hijacked by some that are intelligent, some that are half intelligent & others that are just to uneducated & desperate to care or be able to learn the differance & resist. The Jews, Muslims, Arabs, Christians, Gentiles & Seculars used to live amongst each other with out all the violence & hatred you see today. It is one of Lucifer's oldest temptations, greed & power that is causing most of what you see these days in countries like Afghanistan. I have said this before & yes it is unpopular but, if the world wants this country to change & join the human rights respecting population we will have to occupy them for at least 20+ years & raise a generation of civilized thinking, human rghts caring individuals. This will only work if it is truely part of GOD's ultimate plan & it may or may not be, only he knows.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel

    This just goes to show where our priorities are.Today I heard in the news about all these cuts they're making in education all across the country including laying off more than 300,000 teachers and cutting imortant classes.And the right-wing thugs in Washington want to spend that money on the Afghan military.This is getting ridiculous.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bledsoe

    Now we see where our tax money goes.Those right-wing thugs in Washington now deem The Afghan Military more important than our children and elderly.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Smith in Oregon

    Despite millions of dollars in American Cash given to Afghan police trainee's, there is no absence of corruption from inductee's that were Taliban freedom fighters and remain Taliban freedom fighters dressed in a Afghan Police uniform. Nor are many of the 'shake and bake' Afghan police inductee's not looking for all the graft, bribes and extortion they can pocket from the hapless, defenseless and shattered Afghan people they are charged with protecting.

    In many cases across Marjah where the first thousand 'shake and bake' Afghan Police agents were poured, the Marjah residents trusted them LESS than the Taliban who didn't constantly demand bribes.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Abdulameer

    The main difficulty in training the Afghan police to do our bidding is that they are Moslems, motivated by the doctrines of Islam which teach them that Sharia law should be the law of the land, and that all non-Moslems are their enemy - no matter how nice and generous to them we are. The Moslem Afghan police have much more in common with the Moslem Afghan Taliban than they have with us non-Moslems. There is no way to understand what is going on in Afghanistan without understanding the role that Islam plays in the lives and thoughts of Afghanis.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |