Ashton Carter Attempting To Cover The Sun With Two Fingers
18 February 2016
By Shahamat Emarat
Two months ago the U.S. Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, came to Afghanistan
on a secret trip and met with American soldiers stationed there as well as
meeting with Kabul regime's Acting Defense Minister Masoom Stanekzai.
During these meetings he apparently reiterated that America will keep its
promise of supporting the Kabul regime in the long-term fight against
He added that while the Taliban were active in some provinces of Afghanistan,
however the U.S. would continue with its mission of training, supporting and
assisting Kabul regime forces until they were ready to stand alone. The most
surprising part of his statements were his remarks regarding the Taliban.
During the visit he said that the Taliban's existence in Afghanistan was only
a temporary phenomenon.
The Defense Secretary would most assuredly have been amused by the hollowness
and naivety of his remarks. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been around
for over 20 years, it has survived and thrived despite the broadest military
coalition in human history assembled against it. Daily they are gaining
territory and international political recognition. Viewed in this context
Ashton Carter's remarks were nothing short of attempting to cover the sun with
his two fingers.
Since we are amusing ourselves with hyperboles it might be apt to recall that
once when the Austrians – during their negotiations with Napoleon – offered to
recognize the French Republic, he snapped back that ‘the French Republic is
like the sun, only the blind fail to see it'. And so today, we are forced to
remind the hapless U.S. Defense Secretary that today, the Islamic Emirate of
Afghanistan shines like the sun and only the blind will be fooled by his naïve
Has Ashton Carter forgotten that the Americans made similar statements about
the Vietcong during the Vietnam War and yet – some forty years later – the
Vietcong (or its successors) are very much alive and in control of their
The American Defense Minister forgets that the Taliban are the sons of
Afghanistan. Born and raised in Afghanistan they are very much part and parcel
of Afghanistan's fabric and no matter how much he plays around with his words,
they are not going anywhere.
As Bismarck once aptly stated ‘it is not by speeches that the great questions
of the time are decided, but by blood and iron'. Americans – who consider
themselves the very embodiment of realpolitik – have discovered a new form of
waging war. They have somehow come to believe that if you fail to vanquish
your enemies with swords, you may still be able to magically vanquish them by
making such laughable statements.
The Islamic Emirate has not readily embraced this death and destruction for
the sake of some silly ministerial posts or a share of the power. On the
contrary they epitomize the nation's hopes and aspirations for a just and
peaceful government that will strive to build our beloved nation on the basis
of Islamic law, social justice and national interests.
The people of Afghanistan readily sacrifice their sons to achieve this
objective. And the Emirate – as the true representative of our people – will
not end its peaceful and armed endeavors until we have achieved this hope of