Dumping Weapons Into Afghanistan
The rationale for the Afghanistan War, nearly 8 years long now, is that it would destroy the Taliban and Al Quaeda, capture Osama Bin Laden, reduce drug traffic, and stabilize the area so that it could not serve as a staging ground for terrorist attacks.
How does dumping weapons into Afghanistan help with this mission?
Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office issued a report on the problem of weapons being shipped into Afghanistan by the United States and its allies… and then lost. 87,000 weapons shipped into Afghanistan by the U.S. Army didn’t have adequate records kept about where they went. 46,000 of these weapons didn’t even have serial numbers recorded, making it impossible to know where the weapons are. The other 41,000 of these weapons had their serial numbers recorded, but the Army still doesn’t know where they are. Also, there are no reliable records for an additional 135,000 weapons that were donated by allies of the U.S., and shipped into Afghanistan under U.S. supervision.
These hundreds of thousands of weapons were handed out to Afghans, and now nobody really knows where they are. How many ended up in the hands of the Taliban or Al Quaeda? The U.S. military can’t – or won’t – say.
These lost weapons include:
The American military has not destroyed the Taliban, not destroyed Al Quaeda, not captured Osama Bin Laden, not stopped the opium drug trade, and not stabilized Afghanistan. In fact, the longer American soldiers have remained in Iraq, the more unstable and violent the country has become. According to the testimony of Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President of the International Crisis Group, instead of democratization in the Afghan government, there is “escalating corruption”, and General David Petraeus himself admits that the situation in Afghanistan has “deteriorated markedly”.
Now we can see a big part of the reason why: In what’s supposed to be a war against the Taliban, the U.S. military seems to have inadvertently arming the Taliban, through its own incompetence.