Back in 2008, when it emerged that the U.S. special forces has been tricked into attacking their own chief of security by a community rival feeding them bad information, I kind of thought they’d tighten their handling of information—especially unreliable human intelligence—a little bit more. The latest story out of Karz makes me scratch my head:
Mohammad Karzai said Thursday that Yar Mohammad Karzai had repeatedly told him, after the 2009 murder of his younger son, that he feared that Hashmat Karzai would somehow try to use his connections to arrange for the United States military to attack him, perhaps by planting bad information with the Americans.
“Yar Mohammad told me several times that he believed that the next time Hashmat was going to send the U.S. military to kill him,” Mohammad Karzai said.
Anyway, so Yar Mohammad or his son could conceivably have ties to the Taliban—it wouldn’t be the first time a government official has sent children to play both sides of the war. But the U.S. still doesn’t seem to even realize it was going after the President’s family, at least based on their public statements. That indicates to me a rather shocking negligence on the background and homework front.