confidential effort on “Lessons Learned” conducted by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an agency created by Congress, painted a devastating picture of corruption, incompetence, lack of motivation and other flaws among the Afghan forces
Afghans viewed their police as “the most hated institution” in Afghanistan… The corruption was so rampant that many Afghans began to question whether their government or the Taliban was the greater evil.
Afghan power brokers — allies of Washington — plundered with impunity… the Afghan government led by President Hamid Karzai had “self-organized into a kleptocracy”… they helped destroy the popular legitimacy of the wobbly Afghan government they were fighting to prop up. With judges and police chiefs and bureaucrats extorting bribes, many Afghans soured on democracy and turned to the Taliban to enforce order… “enormous popular discontent is building” against the Afghan government because of its corruption and incompetence
U.S. officials tried to create — from scratch — a democratic government in Kabul modeled after their own in Washington. It was a foreign concept to the Afghans, who were accustomed to tribalism, monarchism, communism and Islamic law. “Our policy was to create a strong central government which was idiotic because Afghanistan does not have a history of a strong central government,” an unidentified former State Department official told government interviewers in 2015. “The timeframe for creating a strong central government is 100 years, which we didn’t have.”