From today's edition of The Washington Post:
Karzai demands that NATO stop airstrikes in Afghanistan - The Washington PostPresident Hamid Karzai on Tuesday issued an ultimatum to NATO forces to stop airstrikes on Afghan homes and warned that if they donít, the Afghan people would drive them out as they have occupying armies in the past.
The demand was the most serious warning to the coalition that Karzai has issued to date.
IMO, NATO and the U.S. should ignore Mr. Karzai's latest outburst. Instead, the U.S. and NATO should base their actions on whether their interests--not Mr. Karzai's--are better served from adhering to or rejecting his call. If their interests are better served from ignoring Mr. Karzai's demand, the U.S. and NATO should do just that.
This latest outburst on the part of the highly erratic Mr. Karzai should come as no surprise. Mr. Karzai remains more part of the problem than the solution. The combination of his suspect legitimacy and the cronyism of his regime has limited support for his regime by Afghans and the country's myriad tribes. Although some modest progress has been made since the current military strategy was put in place last year, I believe the progress is less than what would have been achieved had the Karzai regime's influence been limited or curbed.
IMO, the imminent strategy review should not ignore dealing with the the issue of the Karzai regime's damaging impact on NATO's efforts to achieve the strategic goals established for Afghanistan. The regime should not be viewed as an immutable reality in Afghanistan. Robust measures can still be taken that essentially isolates the regime and limits its ability to further undermine NATO's efforts.
great... now we are the occupying army... the bad guys. Lovely.
Mr. Karzai should check out the abodeís of Moammar Gadhafi's before he issues these statements.
*** it, declare victory and get our a** if this quagmire.
The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say