Tuesday, June 21, 2011
June 20, 2011
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been complaining about us again. He said over the weekend that NATO troops were "here for their own purposes, their own goals, and they're using our soil for that." But this time the departing U.S. ambassador answered back.
Karl Eikenberry responded: "When Americans, who are serving in your country at great cost--in terms of life and treasure--hear themselves compared with occupiers, told they are here only their own interests and likened to the brutal enemies of the Afghan people, my people in turn are filled with confusion and grow weary of our effort here." He's got that just exactly right.
And there is, of course, a simple solution. Let's just leave.
Afghanistan has never been easy. Not when the British occupied it. Not when the Soviets did. And certainly not for the ten years or so that we've been there. Why are we there? For how long? I haven't the slightest idea anymore and I'll bet you don't either. Oh, yeah, we went for Osama bin Laden. He's dead.
There was one bit of good news in the New York Times story quoting Karzai. He said the U.S. has been negotiating with the Taliban and Defense Secretary Robert Gates later confirmed that's true.
Let's get on with it.