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News is about the Afghanistan government releasing prisoners who were convicted of killing American soldiers.

Afghanistan has been an enemy of the United States. Its Taliban government has been overthrown and a new one installed, but it remains mostly hostile to US interests and to Western values. The Taliban remain, just waiting for the US to withdraw completely before they mount a return.

The Karzai government is hopelessly corrupt and incompetent. The Afghan people remain vulnerable to poor service by the government and are largely beyond self sufficiency in a modern world.

After tremendous military effort and long term efforts at nation building, the US is simply spent without return on the high cost of foreign policy there. The scenario in Afghanistan is very similar to that in Iraq.

Americans have blown these nations to bits and has attempted to rebuild, but lost in the rubble are the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. This is failed foreign policy.

The US isn’t entirely alone in this failed initiative. US allies and the UN have hands in the Middle East messes that won’t go away. The only thing working in favor of free nations in the long run is that these places will crumble under the weight of being unsustainable in a competitive world. There will be victims by the millions, and they will be in the Middle East. When the oil finally runs out, there will be nothing left to sustain large populations.

Their extinction is inevitable.

“Afghanistan frees suspected Taliban prisoners over U.S. objections

Video: Despite U.S. protests, Afghanistan released 65 suspected Taliban prisoners from Bagram detention center on Thursday.

By Sayed Salahuddin and Ernesto Londoño, Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2:05 PM E-mail the writers

KABUL — The Afghan government on Thursday released 65 suspected Taliban militants from prison, ignoring repeated and vehement protests from the U.S. military, which fears that the men are likely to return the battlefield.

The release was a starkly public illustration of Washington’s growing inability to influence the actions of President Hamid Karzai’s government and is certain to further poison U.S.-Afghan relations, threatening the prospect of an orderly withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by the end of the year.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/afghanistan-frees-suspected-taliban-prisoners/2014/02/13/1352dbc6-9488-11e3-84e1-27626c5ef5fb_story.html

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