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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 10.01.10 | 19:27 (IST)

    The first administration to back an insurrection in Afghanistan was the Ford administration. It was a limited effort intended to create problems for the Soviets at a time when US foreign policy was in disarray and weakness due to the Vietnam War fiasco. This was continued under Carter, but was off the radar of the world except for those who took great trouble to be aware. The policy was too successful in that the Soviets eventually moved in to bolster their client government. Efforts to determine when and who made the decision, by Russian historians, have discovered that the evidence has been purged. Under Reagan the program was changed from feeding an uprising in Afghanistan to the creation of a largely Saudi organization which was to strike deep in the Muslim Republics of the Soviet Union to cause sabotage and foster uprisings. This was the time when the USA became, with Saudi, the major sponsor of what became Al Quaeda and the current jihadist lunacy. A lack of prudence.

    from the article: 'Bush sold Arab states arms in violation of deal with Israel'
    First published 01:43 10.01.10 | Last updated 09:34 10.01.10
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