"Afghanistan is controlled by a structured, mafiaesque system, in which money flows upward via purchase of office, kickbacks or "sweets" in return for permission to extract resources (of which more varieties exist in impoverished Afghanistan than one might think)."...
10/7/11, "Hamid Karzai admits Afghanistan 'security failure'," BBC
"President Hamid Karzai has said his government and Nato have failed to provide Afghans with security, 10 years after the Taliban were overthrown.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Karzai also accused Pakistan of supporting the insurgency, saying sanctuaries there still needed to be tackled.
He vowed to step down in 2014 and said he was working on the succession.
His comments come as the ex-commander of coalition forces said Nato allies remain far from reaching their goals....
The conflict has already surpassed Vietnam to become the longest war in US history.
Correspondents say Western officials admit that parts of the country will remain violent after 2014 when Nato stops fighting. Without a peace deal with the Taliban, they say,
- few really expect the war to be brought to an end."...
9/25/11, "Government by crime syndicate," LA Times, Op-ed, Sarah Chayes,
"In Afghanistan and elsewhere, rampant corruption threatens security and the rule of law."
"...humanity's latest form of tyranny: the capture of states by criminal syndicates.
Otherwise known as rampant public corruption."...