The Long Shadow of Abdul Rashid Dostum

by Joshua Foust on 6/17/2012 · 2 comments

Posted without comment, this letter from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) doing Abdul Rashid Dostum’s work for him:

Rep Rohrabacher to Dos and Dod June 13 2012

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Steve June 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

So is it a legitimate beef?

RScott June 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

Apparently Rep. Rohrabacher has not done any background reading on Dostum. He fought with the Soviets in the 80’s and was sent to Kandahar to try to break the spirit of the Kandaharis, something the Soviets were unable to deal with. He failed also, as we are failing, but committed numerous war crimes in the process, something we have ignored as we have tried to put down the Taliban. During the time of the Taliban, Dostum bailed out and was living in Turkey. Without our support, his Jausjanis(sp) could not stand against the Taliban. He is just another very powerful warlord that goes the way the wind is blowing, no better than the present corrupt central government, and one that would be a mistake to side with. My biased view…along with many Pashtuns….especially the Kandaharis. If VOA/Pashto has an archives of reports from the 80’s, Dostum’s deeds can be found there, as being reported on by a reliable stringer our of Quetta.

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