Comment Last Three
October 25, 2009
Afghan President Hamid Karzai questioned the reliability of the United States as a partner Sunday, as he fought off criticism of his government's legitimacy following fraud-marred elections. Is this because the US is demanding another election or his leadership over the last 8 years?
Mr. Karzai's main challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, warned in an interview with CNN that the U.S. strategy would not succeed without a credible partner in Kabul, blaming Mr. Karzai for deteriorating conditions.
But underscoring the political headache that Washington faces if Mr. Karzai wins a runoff against Mr. Abdullah next month, Mr. Karzai pointed the finger at the United States in a separate, pre-recorded CNN interview. "Is the United States a reliable partner with Afghanistan? Is the West a reliable partner with Afghanistan?" Mr. Karzai asked. "Have we received the commitments that we were given? Have we been treated like a partner?"
Mr. Karzai said a partnership to him was "where the Afghan lives are respected, where Afghan property is respected, where the Afghan traditions are respected, where we know the direction we are moving to."
I would like to know what the leadership and people of Afghanistan have accomplished over the last 8 years in getting their county in line with a democracy? Are the people still growing poppies, using graft to accomplish government work, and still have in-fighting? Afghanistan has nothing to offer the US, except keeping the terrorist out of training bases. Is it worth our billions of dollars, the lives of our soldiers, and our efforts? It is time to either go after the terrorists without restrictions and kill them or get out?