By William M. Welch and Jim Michaels, USA TODAY [emphasis added]KALAKAN, Afghanistan — It was nearly nine years ago that Taliban fighters burned everything standing in this dusty village on the Shomali Plain as they fled for the mountains ahead of invading U.S. and allied troops.
The United States vowed to help Afghanistan form a democratic government, raise standards of living and crush the remnants of the Islamist regime.
Safiullah, 27, a villager who like many here goes by one name, is still waiting for that to happen.
“We consider America a failed state because America could not fulfill its promises,” Safiullah said after a recent meeting of village leaders here. “Instead of bringing peace and development, they brought destruction and fighting.”
You can fool some of the people all of the time;
you can fool all of the people some of the time,
but you can never fool all of the people all of the time.
variously attributed to P.T. Barnum and Abraham Lincoln