The Trouble With Karzai: America One of My ‘Main Enemies’
December 13, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is a problem, a big problem. Not only is his government infested with graft and corruption, Karzai is deliberately undermining our counterinsurgency campaign against the Taliban fighters, to bring stability to the region. The relationship between Karzai and the United States is so shaky, that the Afghan leader frequently erupts into irrational outbursts. The Washington Post reports, he recently referred to America as one of his “main enemies,” during an argument over his demand to eject private security forces from the country, which would have stopped the flow of international aide, halted reconstruction projects and closed down embassies. But despite the dire consequences, it took months to convince Karzai to back down.
As reported earlier by ChattahBox, the Karzai government is also releasing Taliban prisoners, arrested or captured by NATO forces back into the battlefield to kill U.S. soldiers.
As the United States prepares to assess its role in Afghanistan, The Washington Post’s piece paints a disturbing picture of Karzai as erratic and continually working at cross purposes with the counterinsurgency efforts, while our soldiers lose their lives battling the increasingly violent Taliban.
The description of the confrontation with Karzai over private security forces, is apparently just one example of his ever-increasing angry exchanges with American officials
“Sitting at the head of a glass-topped, U-shaped table in his conference room, Karzai refused to budge, according to two people with direct knowledge of the late October meeting. He insisted that Afghan police and soldiers could protect the reconstruction workers, and he dismissed pleas for a delay.”
“As he spoke, he grew agitated, then enraged. He told them that he now has three “main enemies” – the Taliban, the United States and the international community.”
“If I had to choose sides today, I’d choose the Taliban,” he fumed.
“After a few more parting shots, he got up and walked out of the wood-paneled room.” [...]
‘”Our relationship with him has become so tortured,” said a senior administration official. “We’ve gone from one crisis every three months to one crisis a month.”‘
The United States has now been fighting in Afghanistan longer than Soviet Union. And 1,433 American lives have been lost.
Wouldn’t you say it’s time to get out? What are we really fighting for at this point?
Photo Source: Wikimedia/MSgt Chris Haylett/SAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office Kabul, Afghanistan/Karzai talks with the press during a joint press conference with NATO’s newly appointed Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the presidential palace/Creative Commons Attribution.