“Who is winning the war in Afghanistan, in the long run? It sure wasn’t the Soviets, and it’s not currently the USA, either.”
You can thank the ex father in law of the Dead Bomber’s Uncle for that
“The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Red Army, explains a former CIA analyst. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power, and especially to counter Chinese influence in Central Asia. In a certain sense, the Cold War is still going on. For years Graham Fuller, former Deputy Director of the National Council on Intelligence at the CIA, has been talking up the modernizing virtues of the Islamists, insisting on their anti-Statist concept of the economy. Listening to him, you would almost take the Taleban and their Wahhabi allies for liberals. Islam, in theory at least, is firmly anchored in the traditions of free trade and private enterprise, wrote Fuller. The prophet was a trader, as was his first wife. Islam does not glorify the States role in the economy.
Richard Labévière, Dollars for Terror: The United States and Islam, New York: Algora Publishing, 2000, p. 6”