The 30,000 extra troops headed to Afghanistan may be accompanied by nearly 60,000 contractors. But Evelyn Farkas says a civilian surge will be useless if no one’s keeping track of it—and Karzai.
Evelyn N. Farkas, senior fellow at the American Security Project, was executive director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, a staffer on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and is the author of Fractured States and US Foreign Policy: Iraq, Ethiopia and Bosnia in the 1990s. In 1996, she served as a human rights officer in Bosnia, supervised elections there in 1997, and was an elections monitor in Afghanistan in August of this year.
Fresh from a trip to Kabul, Evelyn Farkas says the White House should ignore naysayers on troop increases in Afghanistan and instead "'carpet bomb them with projects.'"
Lethargy pervades the U.S. effort in Afghanistan at a time when urgent changes are needed. Evelyn Farkas, a member of last week’s election-monitoring delegation, explains what it will take to turn around the country.