Dozens of candidates in Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections represent a party linked to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former prime minister with ties to al-Qaida who is believed to be a mastermind of attacks on U.S. troops.
Hekmatyar, thought to be in Pakistan, is the most feared and notorious of various warlords who supported candidates in last Saturday’s balloting. Observers allege the warlords engaged in widespread intimidation and vote-buying.
Almost 10 years, thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars after invading Afghanistan in order to displace al-Qaida in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks, we've made Afghanistan safe for a resurgence of . . . an al-Qaida tied "mastermind of attacks on U.S. troops".
Huckuva job, Baracky.