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He's obviously planning for the post-U.S. era. We should be, too.
CUT OFF ALL the MONEY and see how long they last!!!
That's news to me.
Give the stinkin corrupt mess back to the Taliban .. they're gonna easily take it from Karzai and cronies anyway, as soon as our back is turned ... maybe even before. I'm a hawk, not a peace-nik, but hey the post-U.S. era started the minute we started this ill-planned and even more ill-conceived war. Our money and our troops were wasted from the start.
futurics beat me to it. I would describe myself the same as futurics. I was hoping we would leave Afghanistan and that entire part of the world as their culture will never change. We have been there nine, going on ten years, and nothing has changed much except the ability of the taliban to recruit more and easier. I would look Karzai in the eye, tell him we are pulling out our troops ASAP, and he can have them replaced with Iranian soldiers who apparently have nothing better to do with their time these days.
According to the star tribune, if Karzai negotiates with his own people (the Taliban) or with neighboring countries (Iran), that means he's corrupt. But if he "cooperates" (i.e. becomes a tool and a puppet) of the non-muslim occupiers of his country (US and Nato) he's being "reasonable". I believe Karzai is trying to save his own head here, as the Taliban already control most of Afghanistan, and will eventually take over the government again. We should bring all of our troops home now and invest the billions wasted over there on our own, crumbling infrastructure.
Democracy will not survive in Afganistan or Iraq. When we do leave, if ever, they will revert back to feudalism. It's just a fact, not what we want it to happen, but it will happen sooner or later. Ask yourself if it is worth the cost we pay to delay the inevitable.
Who would risk life, career, property to do the 'right thing' when it can all be taken at the whim of corrupt leader.
The "surge" only worked in Iraq because it was used in an urban area AND was achieved by walling off access to their own neighborhoods of civilians while we "cleared" them of bad guys AND a one-sided cease-fire headed by Sadr. It won't work in a rural country that has had a decentralized village-level government for centuries -- until we came and adopted Karzai. Karzai's anger also is not just about money, and his desire to get rid of foreign mercenaries isn't frivolous: He is tired as can be of our drones and other attacks (by the military AND by mercenaries) that have killed hundreds upon hundreds of ordinary people - moms and dads and children, aunties and uncles and grandparents - just because a bad guy MIGHT be hiding in a house. And now we're doing the same to Pakistan and considering moving into Yemen. Will we never learn????
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