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Yet additional evidence that Dubya Inc. cannot walk and chew gum at the same time:<br><br>
"A recent Central Intelligence Agency assessment found that the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, had been significantly weakened by rising popular frustration with his American-backed government, American officials say.<br><br>
"The assessment found that Mr. Karzai’s government and security forces continued to struggle to exert authority beyond Kabul, said a senior American official who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. The assessment also found that increasing numbers of Afghans viewed Mr. Karzai’s government as corrupt, <b>failing to deliver</b> promised reconstruction and too weak to <b>protect the country</b> from <b>rising Taliban attacks</b>.<br><br>
“The ability to project out into the countryside, perceptions of corruption in the government,” said the official, listing Afghan complaints. “The failure to deliver the services.”<br><br>
From:<br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/05/world/asia/05afghan.html?ref=worldspecial&pagewanted=print" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/05/wo...gewanted=print</a>
 

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The past week in Afghanistan....in case you're wondering why the folks in Langley are a bit glum...<br><br><b>NATO attacks Taliban fighters near Kabul</b><br><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/afghanistan&printer=1;_ylt=AmT7wd11_bGB1amWe_N49tv9xg8F;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MXN1bHE0BHNlYwN0bWE-" target="_blank">http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/afghanist...E0BHNlYwN0bWE-</a><br><br><b>Six police die in Afghan attack</b><br><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6112468.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6112468.stm</a><br><br><b>Afghan Battle Leaves 55 Insurgents, NATO Soldier Dead</b><br><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aESYTydP7OXs&refer=worldwide" target="_blank">http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...efer=worldwide</a><br><br><b>Three NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan amid intense battles</b><br><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061031/wl_afp/afghanistanunrest_061031150146" target="_blank">http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061031...t_061031150146</a><br><br><b>Three NATO soldiers wounded in eastern Afghanistan</b><br><a href="http://www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=916911" target="_blank">http://www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.as...en&DSNO=916911</a><br><br><b>Renewed Afghan fighting comes amid signs of Taliban buildup</b><br><a href="http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=975da315-ef52-4a49-84c9-7dc52163a792" target="_blank">http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...9-7dc52163a792</a>
 
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