US-Afghanistan Feature: Why the Arms Deal for Uzbekistan is Wrong
Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 8:12
From the start of the Afghan War in 2001, the US has pursued a policy contrary to what the region needs for peace. Be it empowering warlords in Afghanistan or trusting Pakistan’s military and intelligence agency, the US has riddled the past 10 years with counter-productive steps.
Soon the US Congress will pass a law authorising aid to Uzbekistan for equipment for its military. In support of this deal, The Atlantic has published an article by Joshua Foust, which argues in favor of the deal, which tries to quash the concerns of activists over Uzbekistan’s track record on human rights.
To challenge Foust’s rationalisation, I present it in full — the text is italicised — interspersed with my critique.
When Operation Enduring Freedom began on Oct. 7, 2001, one airlift hub served as a key place to get the “beans and bullets” to troops early on — Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan: here.
A dirty deal: Uzbek dictator ‘has UK over a barrel’. Karimov demands official visit in logistics deal over Britain’s pull-out from Afghanistan: here.
Uzbekistan government secretly sterilising women: here.
The Uzbek government announced on Tuesday that it plans to sell off almost 500 state assets over the next two years in an ongoing drive to expand the private sector: here.
NATO signs deals with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan to truck its military supplies from Afghan war out through Central Asia, giving it options instead of closed Pakistan route: here.