U.S. Deal With Afghanistan Near Collapse
That would mean a complete pullout by 2014. Good. Why should we stay there, especially if we’re not wanted? Hamid Karzai keeps making demands, and there’s no reason we should give in to them. Or stay in Afghanistan for one more second.
In a two-hour meeting [in Kabul], Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s top national security adviser, told Karzai that if he failed to sign the bilateral security agreement by the end of this year, the United States would have “no choice” but withdrawal, according to a statement by the National Security Council in Washington…
Karzai told Rice that he would sign only after the United States helps his government begin peace talks with the Taliban and agrees to release all 17 Afghan citizens being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, according to Afghan and U.S. officials.
In addition to those new demands, the Afghan leader also reiterated that he will not sign if “another [U.S.] soldier steps foot into an Afghan home,” Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi said. The United States has already promised to show “restraint” in so-called “home entries” by U.S. troops and to carry them out only in conjunction with Afghan troops, but the tactic remains a principal part of U.S. operations against insurgents here.
There is one word that fits here: “Goodbye.”