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Congressman slams denial of US visa to Gen. Dostum

Congressman slams denial of US visa to Gen. Dostum

May 18, 2016 - 09:35

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats has voiced his concern over the denial of a US visa to Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum.

Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, said: “I was dismayed to learn Dostum has been denied a visa. President Obama’s team has yet again done damage to a foreign leader who is struggling against radical terrorism...

“Thus, we witness the spectacle of the U.S. government undermining efforts to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. The latest example is a senseless slap in the face of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s vice president,” he wrote in an article.

In the opinion piece published in the Washington Times, he claimed knowing Gen. Dostum for two decades. It was in US interest having the battle-tested leader on its side, believed the lawmaker, who also served as a speech writer for President Ronald Reagan

The visa refusal had insulted the VP and undermined those struggling against a terrorist insurgency in Afghanistan, Rohrabachersaid, lamenting the US decision to leave the beleaguered country to the tender mercies of Pakistaninfo-icon and Saudi Arabia.

“After Sept. 11, 2001, those of us who knew Gen. Dostum advocated that he and four other ethnic leaders of his Northern Allianceinfo-icon begin the task of driving the Talibaninfo-icon and Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan,” he added.

It was the Uzbek commander and a few other Afghan leaders who did the fighting and carried the day. When Kabulinfo-icon was seized from Taliban, only 200 US troops were in the war-devastated country, he recalled.

But after the Taliban’s ouster, the State Department bungled what was an opportunity to establish a lasting political and economic structure based on federalism, decentralizationand a return to moderation and the monarchy, according to the legislator.

“Instead, our government insisted Hamid Karzai be installed in power. His would be the most centralized government they could imagine or desire. Not only did Karzai have no political base, but he was surrounded by corrupt, self-serving minions.”

The Congressman branded Karzai’s term in office as a dramatic failure and a lost opportunity. Because the ex-president made things worse, not better, placing America in greater danger from radical terrorists.




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