Senators question Afghanistan's ability to fund force build-up
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Under Secretary of Defense and Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense Robert F. Hale arrive to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee.
February 18th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Senators question Afghanistan's ability to fund force build-up

Some U.S. senators are questioning whether the ambitious plans to increase the size of Afghanistan's security forces are coming at a cost that Afghanistan can never afford to underwrite.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says the size of Afghanistan forces - what he called "our ticket out of Afghanistan" - is under discussion inside the Obama administration.

"And the issue is under discussion in no small part because of the question of sustainability." Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday. "How big an army can we afford? Because let's not kid ourselves, nobody else is contributing to this in any significant way."

Now, the United States pays more than $12 billion a year to build up and maintain Afghanistan security forces. Expansion and improvement of the security forces there is a key element of U.S. strategy and the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces by 2015.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said Afghanistan is not large enough to foot the bill. The annual cost for the security forces is almost half the total annual gross domestic product for Afghanistan.

"I think it's time that we be very, very honest with the American people that we are building a military for the Afghanistan nation," McCaskill told Gates. "Once we're gone I think we're going to be on the hook to help pay for this military for some time."

"Clearly Afghanistan can't afford the army we're building," McCaskill added.

Gates agreed. "We can't sustain $12.8 billion a year for very long," Gates said, adding that the size of the Afghanistan military should be considered "a surge," with the chance to reduce it when the country reaches a political settlement and the Taliban is no longer a threat.

The administration is considering boosting the size of Afghanistan security forces by up 70,000 people, to 378,000. Both Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen and Gates predicted a decision on that increase soon.

Committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, urged Gates and Mullen, to help persuade U.S. allies to help pay the cost of the Afghanistan military. "There really needs to be sharing of that burden among our NATO allies," Levin said. "We cannot carry the $12 billion alone."

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  1. Dindy

    Reduce the US troops and Nato there ,then that money can be used to help Afghan forces with monitoring their ability from out side or with the limited number of troops in side.

    February 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ritu

    There is nobody who can question our polticians why we are there in Afganistan spending our taxpayer money for nothing. And even our poltician do not have any answer for our peoples because indirectly they pocketing money by giving contract to their nears and dears. On top of that our govt should be held accountable for unemployment and people without homes here in USA.

    February 23, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Right, Ritu !

      February 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dindy

    salerno....there were conflicts before US went there. Actually it was a shock to Troops to see how Taliban was treating people . When I read those days about Afghanistan was a shock to me also even though I am coming from a third world country. Normal citizens life style was a sad one. It is something we cant understand . Beautiful people ..but were under rude rulers. (Taliban) some of them had links with Osama too.

    February 22, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Don't believe to US military, they lie to cover their crimes against civilians. My italian christian friends had no problem with Taliban, but with US military.

      February 22, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    Taliban are what they are and Afghanistan cannot be a nation, as it is divided in many different tribes with different customs.
    Everyone has the right to live as they want. The evil is the US invasion pretending to impose one way of life to the people.

    February 22, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dindy


    February 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. salerno

    Supporting Afghan force from outside is better.
    My only warning is to avoid providing them with WMD like US did with Saddam !

    February 21, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dindy

    sherri..thank you for your respond.May God help all of us to come out from this terrible situation!!! Lord"s way is higher than us so it is in HIM we all can find a solution. I really like to see Afghan become a better place and to see our troops come back to their families. !! !

    February 21, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Dan ....from Chicago...yes.. they do believe Jesus is just a prophet. And once I saw that someone had mentioned Moses also did miracles with God"s spirit. Yet Jesus is the savior whom God sent and guided by God"s spirit.Jesus always talked about God. Then Jesus said he did not come to cancel the law but to fulfill it. As the people were so far away from God"s spirit and guidance and were doing what ever they wanted so there was this need of a Mediator between God and humans. That is the mission to Jesus given by God father. And JESUS did it without getting tempted by Devil. Adam did give the inheritance to Devil from sinning and Jesus took it back and made us free from sin from not getting tempted by Devil. To be honest we are far behind Jesus.
      We have to safe guard that victory. How..from seeking God"s kingdom.from Praying and following the indwelling spirit there fore we can be in fine balance. Also can avoid wrong decisions. This relationship with God cant build up in one day . But with thanks giving offerings and peace offerings with prayers.

      February 22, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        There is anything higher than a rasul (messiah, anointed, or envoy) as he is the vicarious of God. Jesus had the peculiarity to be born directly from the God's spirit, but he is no different from other prophet like Mohammed or Buddah.

        February 22, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Dindy, i Do not know where He said He came to fulfill the law , but to fulfill prophecy, yes. And your right he did not come to cancel the law.

        February 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        He clamied to fulfill the law and abolished the lamb sacrifice, Holocaust, offering himself.

        February 24, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. sherri

    Salerno, I was not necessarily criticizing Dan but merely pointing out that he seems to take a distant stance on some things. Real people are sent into these situations and puttin their lives on the line.
    Dindy, it would be nice if we could trust these governments to take care of things but as we all see with what Mubarek stands to walk away with monetarily these rulers and their families and military benefit while the pions waller in the mire.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dindy..

    I prefer if the US government can support Afghanistan from out side (to its own Afghan national force) and bring all the troops home. This way there is no invading story . Pakistan too can help to catch Bin with the US help from out side.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. sherri

    Salerno, I appreciate your comment. Personally I do believe that providing a little bit of economic aide and educational opportunities opens up our best solutions for resolving some of the issues regarding the poor people we so often see in perilous situations.
    I still ask any of you though? How do you not find it strange that there is no mention of this HUGE amount of money we are looking at losing yet again?
    Dan, you seem to make your points like playing some type of world domination game. The fact is that we have elected officials that are doing things that they are NOT telling the peoples whose money they are taking what they are doing with it.
    I will suffice it to say that a major quandary of our founding fathers was whether or not to let the "common person" be part of the election process. They believed that people did not make truly educated choices. The way we let things like this slip by and not raise Hell about it says a LOT.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      sherri – I agree with your comment, including your criticism toward Dan.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Sherri I understand your concern for what our money does for the nations that we seem to be helping and I'm sure there are many who profit illegally. In the Middle-East to have an Arab nation sign a peace accord with Israel is something unimaginable and with out help we kept that peace for 30 years and there were no wars from any Arab nations because of it. I now know it was costly not only for the American people but also for the Egyptian people because Mubarak was not as concerned for his own people than receiving the aid we gave him, but as far as Afghanistan goes this was a nation controlled by theocratic fanatics who allowed terrorists to train and recruit there to attack western civilization which they believe is from the devil. Al Qaeda which was based there (and most probably many other terrorist networks)was responsible for 9/11 and we asked the Taliban to give up bin Laden but they would not so they also became an accomplice to the attack. We went there to take them out along with the al Qaeda terrorist network and were doing a good job doing just that making Afghanistan a nation now recognized by many nation and not just three. Also it has become a free and democratic nation with an army nearing 400,000 people. I know 12 billion is a lot of money to be sure that when we leave that they have the resources to confront any destabilizing force, but as we see freedom and democracy is spreading throughout the Middle-East and to have a nation like Afghanistan a partner in the war on terrorism in that region would be of great accomplishment to the war. Lastly I must say we as Americans have helped third world countries that either were in poverty or have been oppressed or even been at war and that is what makes America so great, for the Lord says all nations will be gathered before Him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was naked and you clothed me; I was was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me" And then those on his right hand said when did we see you like this(I'm paraphrasing)and the King said Assuredly, I say to you inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren you did it to me. And He said totally the opposite to the goats on His left hand and said they will go to everlasting punishment and the righteous to eternal life!

      February 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        Afghanistan has many educated and good people. Why these Taliban cant be like them. ? Because they worship and have a bond with devil.

        February 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Well Dindy it seems that way doesn't it? I believe though that they are the anti-Christ, the sons of the devil. They worship God and supposedly obey all of God's commandments but follow sharia law and punishments to the 't' in the same way of that of the Pharisees but without any mercy at all. And they believe that in doing this it pleases God and they will be rewarded for it. What they do not understand is that you cannot reach heaven by obeying the law. Only through the faith in the Lord Jesus as Savior of the world can anyone get to the kingdom of God. And they believe this to be foolishness, that Jesus was just a prophet and taught the laws of God and had nothing to do with love, forgiveness and repentance for the sinner. This is why I call them the anti-Christ because of their hatred for the sinners.

        February 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan- I yet esplained that tha antichrist is the one who simulates to be Christ, as reported in the Gospel and S.John revelation.
        In other word the antichrist needs people like you to reach his goal.

        February 22, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        And I eXplained to you that you are wrong!

        February 22, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Tell me salerno where in the gospels or revelation is it reported that the anti-Christ simulates to be the Christ?

        February 22, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Matthew and S. John revelation. Also Dante Alighieri espressed this concept in the Divine Comedy., identifying the christian church with the Beast described in the revelation.

        February 22, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. sherri

    I think the greater question is why are we not hearing about this story on the major news outlets? In this economic situation we want to know where our money is being wasted. We do not want to fund another regime. Follow the money trail. It will dissappear just like thee billions in Iraq. They are funneling our money out of this country and putting it into the pockets of others who are going to pull the strings for us.
    I have known since the beginning this is religious in nature the media yet again controls that aspect of it.
    The "protest" are orchestrated too. I would love to believe that people are truly wanting their own independence but I do not trust it dur to how the media is playing that up while avoiding stories such as this.
    Think about it-funding the afghanni forces to the tune of 12 billion per year or a story about protestors in the middle east. It is like an bad magic trick.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Sherri – If the US could give some money to the people instead of to the military wich turns out to be a regime funding, it will be positive, for peace and for global economy too. War policy inflated commodity prices with food supply problems for the people living with 2 $ a day.

      February 20, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        In Egypt we were funding their military for multiple reasons, 1) from internal and external terrorist threat, 2) to maintain peace accord with Israel, 3) air space over their land, 4) access for western shipments through the Suez canal. As it turned out Mubarak got rich while the people struggled to survive. This is no fault of US policy. As a matter of fact behind the scene we have been pushing Mubarak for more free and democratic elections with international observers. Now though after all is said and done we may see an Arab nation in the Middle-East that will have a president elected by the people with a parliament also elected by the people and all it took was for the people to stand up to the bully and that should also happen to every tyrant, dictator or extremist that does not have the peoples needs met, but their own arrogant pride for power and self interest in mind.

        February 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        US do not recognize true democratic elections in the middle east as we have seen in Algeria and Gaza. On the contrary they support oppressive Israel occupation and illegal settlements. Terrorism does not require military but police. US cares only about the Suez canal, not democracy. .

        February 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan from Chicago, IL

    Are you telling me that the Sunni's and the Shiites are not fighting one another because of a difference in their religious beliefs?

    February 20, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      yes, fight started for power and is going on for power.

      February 20, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        It's a religious belief in which who is in control of Islam. The power struggle is based on that fact.

        February 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Power is not a religious belief.

        February 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. salerno

    True muslims do not kill to enhance sharya, but for self defense. In fact the wars are all in muslim's territory.

    February 20, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      After Mohammed death, the fight was just for inheritance and power, not for religious beliefs, as I told.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      And then the Taliban are not true Muslims because there is raw footage of them killing women in the streets and arena in public for some simple offense even if it was rightly so.

      February 20, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Meaning what they had done was r the right thing to do.

        February 20, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL


        February 20, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Yes some taliban are not true muslims, as they do not applie integrally the Quran. The wohabit is an etherodoxic form of Islam.

        February 20, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        But what I asked was what kind of man was He? What was His personality like? Was He loving, caring, forgiving and merciful like God or was He mean spirited and vengeful and full of hatred for certain people like yourself?

        February 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Jesus was very harsh with the pharisees, like I am with you and other idiots.

        February 22, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..

      Salerno....who are true Muslims ? you mean Taliban? Because they are the who killed most of the Christian and Muslims recently.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Taliban never killed christians as I was told by my christian friends in Afghanistan.

        February 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. salerno

    If Osama and Taliban do not follow Jesus teaching, the Jesus dfollowers arwe not authiorized to do the same killing innocent people.

    February 20, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      We do not intentionally go out to kill innocent people. There are some rouge troops who are unstable due to drugs or mental disabilities that have killed innocent civilians, but they are punished under military law and/or treated medically if need be, as far as the Taliban or their terrorist allies killing innocent lives the more the merry.

      February 20, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Intentionally or not, the result is the same. US ROE put civilian lives at risk, even hostages were killed. Soldiers think just for their security and money.

        February 20, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. salerno

    Dan and Dindy – you 2 lost dead ignorant.

    February 20, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      2 lost dead ignorant ha? How about well over 10 million saved in the United States alone!

      February 20, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..

      salerno....true Christian will never say the words you say to other humans. you are also on earth still after all .If you are so perfect and sinless you should have been on heaven with Elijah , Moses and JESUS.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dindy – I am not sinless, but I have not killed anyone, neither supporting the killers like you and Dan.
        Dan was the first calling me, you did not, I can concede to you this..

        February 21, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        I support the war on terrorism and the killing or capture of anyone who wishes the death and destruction of the Christian way of life which is rampant in western civilization and the terrorist think they will one day rule. You support these same people who wish the destruction of true freedom and democracy and support that Taliban and their strict sharia law and punishments which is against the teachings of the Lord and Savior of the world. If the Taliban and the terrorist can begin to show themselves as true followers of God with LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND MERCY which are the greatest qualities of God then I would not consider them as the animals that they are!

        February 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The US forces are killing innocent people, and all people suppporting this kind of operations are terrorists and murderers.
        Taliban always respected my christian friends in Afghanistan. They had problems with the US anti-christians military, as they are animals.

        February 22, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  16. Dan from Chicago, IL

    And I do not want to hear that He was a man of the truth of 360 degrees, because that does not tell me what kind of man He was.

    February 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dindy..

    should not neglect the innocent people there after most of them supported and took the side of the democrats . Now it is important to make them more stronger to stand on their own.

    February 19, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      I guess you have no clue of what kind of man He was huh?

      February 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Jesus (pbuh) spirit is living in the true muslims, as it is no different from the Mohammed (pbuh) spirit.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Jesus did not care to be defined or called in anyway. Others called him. He cared people did not hurt anyone in his name.

      February 20, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dindy – The jewish and the pagans killed Jesus, not the muslims.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dindy..

    The government of USA can spend on Afghanistan when they reduce the troops in the coming years. That money can spend on the Afghan Force and the country it self to come back to stability with the support of UN too.

    February 19, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Yes, like in Iraq, isn't it ? liar !

      February 19, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Islam is not the reason for civil war in Iraq, but power. They are not terrorists, they are political parties fighting for power.
        US destabolized the country and is responsible for that. The same could happen in Afghanistan.

        February 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Al Qaeda, the Sunni's and Shiites are not fighting for power? If they were true to their religion they would not be fighting at all!

        February 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        The political parties are not bombing each other!

        February 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        So Sunni's don't kill Shiites and vice versa nor do majority Muslim groups in Pakistan kill minority Muslim groups huh? Islam is not peace and it will be proven when the great tribulation begins! Your cult is one of hatred of others for their misdeeds and not of forgiveness or mercy or even love which are God's greatest qualities!

        February 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        They are fighting not for religion, but for power as I told.

        February 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        The Sunni's and Shiites have been fighting each other for religious beliefs since the death of Mohammad's grandson.

        February 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  19. salerno

    Using the Afghanistan resources to pay the military is like paving the way for a new dictatorship.
    And the people outside the military ? This model is facing problems in all the middle east countries, as we have seen protests in Kuwait, Egypt Tunisia, Bahrein, S. Arabia, Libia. Even in USA people are protesting.....

    February 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Yacobi – I agree 360 degrees.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      The people protesting in the middle east are protesting for their right to freedom and democracy which allows them to decide who they want to govern over them and what is happening in Wisconsin is that with the new law proposed the public service unions will no longer have the right to collective bargaining. Also as you can see when we have differences we don't put on suicide vests and kill as many people as we can that disagree with us, we protest peacefully as is being done in the middle east, but the dictators, theocratic rulers and kings in power(with the exception of Jordan) are or in one case was, Bahrain, using force to stop the protesters.

      February 19, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The same force used in Bahrein was used in US to reprime the protests against the war in Iraq.

        February 19, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Tell me where in the US this happened and how many were injured, LIAR!

        February 19, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I remember the images of police beating people near the Wight House.

        February 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        White not wight

        February 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        You are a liar salerno.

        February 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Do you think all the americans are idiot like you Dan ?? 63% are contrarian to war even in Afghanistan !

        February 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        And tell me salerno how you came upon that number?

        February 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        63% is the result of CNN poll.

        February 20, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Based on how many people questioned and what political party they belong to and from which states? If there were a referendum in the 2012 elections most Americans would say finish the job!

        February 20, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – This is your personal assumption. CNN scientific poll states differently. Polls are done to know people's opinion.

        February 20, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        By questioning a random of say a thousand people maybe. We're talking about 50 to 100 million people here and you can't base a percentile on a scientific poll of say 1000 people. Most polls are usually wrong.

        February 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – There are scientific statistical way to do a poll with correct results. I am sure CNN has the professionality to do that.

        February 21, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        And CNN polls have been proven wrong.

        February 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – CNN polls correctly predicted many times even the election outcomes, Idiot !.

        February 23, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  20. Dan from Chicago, IL

    If we leave without the security needed to stop the Taliban and it's terrorist allies from attacking the democratic government then all we have done was in vein. The afghans have found mineral resources that should be contracted out to American companies that should pay a war tax to cover the afghan army's needs. or if they don't want American companies to do the work fine, but they should use the proceeds to pay for the needs of the afghan army.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

    This is reality which Americans realized after a decade of occupation. Facts are now being exposed to American nation to get 12 billions dollars per year for maintainability of Afghan Army however had no word about the human cost Americans will pay till 2015. Probably there is no other option except to give a chance to Congressman Ron Paul to clear this mess and put an end to this senseless war in this region.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  22. Torben Schmidt

    For sure it's a problem to be considered. I wonder, that already now, when the money should be available, for the time being, that afghan police men can go months witout getting their pay. No wonder they're corrupt, when they don't get paid,and even then, their salary are so low, that they hardly can support their family. Why is this so, already now, when they're funded by billions of dollars ? Aside from training them, it must be assured, that they are paid in time, as they otherwise, are forced to misuse their powers, for personal gain, just to get food and survive. Also simple equipment. Under a sudden heavy attack, an Afghan police detachment, stood ground, until ISAF-forces, came to their rescue. They fought bravely, but their commander, had to direct their fire, by throwing small stones at the policemens head, when he wanted attention, as they didn't even have a radio. It's horrific. Where are the money going ? Not to the very basic needs, such as salary and the very simplest and very essential equipment. When this is the case now, how will it be after a withdrawal ? It'll all crumble, as they still have no real state-income in Afghanistan. Hopefully they find oil or other stuff of value, to be earning enough from, and hopefully, both now and then, the money will go to the very basic needs, first of all.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |