Were it to matter, though, your government would have mentored the taliban government to an acceptable modicum of behavior. As it was, you were a primary player in Afghanistan's full descent into chaos following the Soviet departure.
That is not accurate given the conditions that existed in Afghanistan at the local level before the arrival of the Taliban. Those conditions were the result of a complete lack of governance and the rule of warlords and criminals and the ethnic and civil strife in that nation.The reality is that Afghanistan's descent into internal chaos and external terror is more the fault of Pakistan than any other nation.
Given the mess the NA had created with their corruption and 'warlordism', not unlike what we once more see in Afghanistan after the US put them in charge again, that was a reasonable priority.What COULD you do for them given your limited resources besides assist their efforts to eradicate the N.A.? After all, one must have priorities.
Not necessarily pride, but TS's description of the Taliban was flawed, and I pointed that out. Secondly, moving from a land of daily rapes, murders, robberies and extortion from every kind of scum imaginable, to one where most of those problems were controlled and even on-existent in some areas is quite a bit more than 'one step above utter dysfunction'. Your aversion to their ideology clouds your judgment when it comes to analyzing the stability and 'law and order' they brought about. I am no fan of their interpretation of Islam, but given the situation that existed pre-Taliban, the environment under Taliban rule was preferable by a long shot.I see you take pride in raising a government one step above utter dysfunction. They were rigorous in establishing "stability" and "law and order". Order, perhaps. Law? Of course not unless medieval justice is your preference. Stability? Another way of saying "order".
Oh you were satisfied alright - the US businessmen plying the roads of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan did so with full State Department knowledge and backing, with the US embassy in Islamabad lobbying on behalf of American business interests as well.How smug and self-satisfied. Don't include us in your coterie. We didn't recognize them for good reason. There was no satisfaction on our part. You were easily satisfied-a willing and pliable junior partner.