The secret diplomatic cables from Kabul show an amazing picture of what is happening.
A key problem is the limited human capacity in most ministries and at the provincial and district level, Ambassador Eikenberry said. For example, the Minister of Agriculture is really only about one-two staff deep and he relies heavily on foreign advisors.It appears like the NATO forces are lost on another planet. They are trying to establish a working democracy. They are hoping that Karzai will be a Tacho Somoza - like Presidente, but Karzai appears far too incompetent, unable even to fake "democratic elections". The Americans are holding till a more competent gangster eventually emerges, so they can leave. Pic.: Afgan Jews. There are no Jews left in the Afgan goles.
Crosbie (Canada) agreed, citing the example of ANP literacy. We're never going to make them literate but can make them "literate enough." He cited two examples of progress: 1) in Kandahar, some police are starting to at least be able to read license plates when investigating cases; and 2) in a recent customs officer training, the officers at least acknowledged corruption exists and that it's wrong.