posted on Aug, 30 2006 @ 07:24 AM
Pakistan basically created the Taliban with all the money that we gave them during the Soviet occupation. Pakistan and the ISI were basically our
proxy, we wrote the checks, they cashed them. Pakistan (along with the Saudi's) and the ISI had their own agenda and it didn't jive with ours.
But Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, and to an extent Bush Jr. chose to ignore or overlook that.
Abizaid is obviously ignorant of history or is just spouting the Party line. Probably the latter.
Steven Coll's book "Ghost Wars", details the Soviet invasion, occupation and retreat, the CIA, the mujahadeen, the rise of the Taliban, up until
Sept 10, 2001.
A real good read.