Afghanistan is beyond "disintegrating." It is "Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition" -- that is the polite version of that phrase.
Here are snippets of the many Afghanistan articles I perused today in horrified grief.
From the Los Angeles Times: The August 20 nationwide election isn't convincing anyone that any kind of democracy has arrived.
Insofar as they've managed to come up with a vote count, incumbent President Karzai is running just under the 50 percent figure he'd need to a avoid a run-off vote. We can't even be sure there's no fraud in hotly contested U.S. elections. Why would anyone have thought an Afghan election could be run cleanly enough in the middle of a failed state at war to produce a legitimate winner?
But it gets worse. A deeply disgruntled, and knowledgeable, former Bush administration staffer explains in Foreign Policy just who our show election will put in office.
There's that problem again: Washington is throwing money and lives at Afghanistan without an exit strategy or goals that can be accomplished. But hey, it's got a mobster vice-president elected -- maybe.
Okay -- the problems of the election and government legitimacy ultimately are the Afghans' problems. But we aren't helping in the arenas we ought to be able to control. This is just sickening, from Mother Jones' blog.
Naturally the State Department has renewed the contract to keep these dangerous clowns. They are employed by ArmorGroup North America (a subsidiary of Wackenhut, which is in turn owned by the security behemoth G4S). Just wait til they kill some Afghans ...
Meanwhile, foreign troops fight and die and kill and try to make sense out of the war that their governments have given them responsibility for. Michael Yon is a freelance reporter and photographer who has been chronicling the war from enlisted mens' point of view. Go read and absorb his post on the election (what election?) and surviving (mostly) on the ground. Just click and go.