Only the most diehard ostrich believes official pronouncements on Afghanistan anymore. The latest fiction in this endless, senseless, victor-less war involves the vetting of Afghan local police recruits. Following a spate of “green on blue” incidents (NATO’s sanitized shorthand for Afghan security forces gunning down or blowing up their ISAF mentors), General Adrian Bradshaw, the British deputy commander of ISAF, announced that the training of around a thousand Afghan Local police recruits had been suspended to allow for re-vetting.
The idea that Afghan recruits can be effectively vetted is ludicrous. Putting aside the logistical challenges of deploying NATO staff to remote, often hostile villages to perform background checks, the lack of official records, the nation’s sky-high illiteracy rate, and the basic distrust of Afghans toward westerners in general, the fact is, the central government will never top the Afghan hierarchy of loyalties. After thirty plus years of civil war, Afghans have learned how to prioritize their allegiances in order to survive. Family comes first, then tribe. Beyond that, nothing matters. Continue reading