(Originally published here)
A senior U.S. official involved in Afghanistan policy said changes to the land program also stem from a desire at the top levels of the Obama administration to triage the war and focus on the overriding goal of ending the conflict.
“Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities,” said the senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal policy deliberations. “There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.”
Afghan women are pet rocks. Time to toss them aside so Karzai can woo the Talibanistic to his side.
It’s not like we learned anything about supporting oppressive regimes in the past month, really ….