After 11 years in Afghanistan, this is what we ended up with; a perfidious, self-absorbed little crapweasel.
Hamid Karzai, who became president of his country thanks to America, has shown his appreciation by bad-mouthing our generosity:
In his final address to Afghanistan’s parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its Soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military, which already protects 93 percent of the country, was ready to take over entirely.
He reiterated his stance that he would not sign a pact with the United States that would provide for a residual force of U.S. troops to remain behind after the final withdrawal, unless peace could first be established.
The Afghan president has come under heavy pressure to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement, with a council of notables that he himself convened recommend that he sign the pact. The force would train and mentor Afghan troops, and some U.S. Special Forces would also be left behind to hunt down Al Qaeda.
All 10 candidates seeking the presidency in April 5 elections have said they would sign the security agreement. But Karzai himself does not appear to want his legacy to include a commitment to a longer foreign troop presence in his country.
Karzai was brought to power in the wake of the 2001 U.S.-led invasion and subsequently won two presidential elections —- in 2004 and again in 2009. But he has in recent years espoused a combatative nationalism, with his hour-long speech Saturday no exception.
“I want to say to all those foreign countries who maybe out of habit or because they want to interfere, that they should not interfere,” he said.
Karzai said the war in Afghanistan was “imposed” on his nation, presumably by the 2001 invasion, and told the United States it could bring peace to Afghanistan if it went after terrorist sanctuaries and countries that supported terrorism, a reference to Pakistan.
That’s because the Al Qaeda which imposed war on our country, operated carte blanche in yours, asshole.
Afghanistan still shares Pakistan’s penchant for terrorist sanctuaries. Pot, meet Kettle.
……He came to power in December 2001 following an international agreement signed in Bonn, Germany, and was confirmed by a Loya Jirga or grand council that selected a transitional government to rule while preparing for nationwide elections. He subsequently won two presidential elections.
Relations between Karzai and the United States have been on a downward spiral since his re-election in 2009, in which the United States and several other countries charged widespread fraud. Karzai in turn accused them of interference.
‘Widespread fraud’ is an understatement. The CIA put him on its payroll and he promptly used the money to finance influence peddling and corruption in his own government. The Karzai family has been involved in several shady bank loans and real estate investments.
Careful when funding countries to protect your interests; the dividends may not be good.
Aside from that, Afghanistan’s Intelligence Agency has been pretty chummy with the Taliban; communicating with them about the regime change after the withdrawal of American Forces. Karzai has a habit of freeing Taliban cutthroats from prison, so that they can pick up where they left off.
What could go wrong?
Karzai declared that he will not sign the Bilateral Agreement and makes it sound as if he were the only one responsible for lifting Afghanistan out of its dystopian existence.
Well, since Hamid single handedly routed the Taliban, improved the lives of a once oppressed people (woman in particular), built schools, created an infrastructure of public utilities, made economic improvements , and installed a fledgling government, perhaps he can give us back all the blood and treasure we spent.
Had it not been for the sacrifice of over 2000 U.S. troops, Bin Laden would still be using Afghanistan for an Al Qaeda toilet, the people would still be enslaved under the Sharia Law, and Karzai would be herding camels in the desert.
Instead of ‘nation building’ we should give ’em that fucking jihad they want. We should have used a scorched earth policy to destroy any vestiges of muzzie extremism in the entire Middle East, Northern Africa, and Southwest Asia. Terrorists are bred, funded, indoctrinated, supported, and trained throughout that Islamic sewer. I’d have started with all the capitals: Baghdad, Damascus, Kabul, Riyadh, Tehran, Islamabad, Amman, all of them. I’d have used MOABs and probably neutron bombs; a beautiful surgical weapon that delivers a high concentration of radiation to kill people but leaves structures intact. The radiation dissipates quickly, thus making it safer for ground troop invasion.
But, I’m a former Soldier and Iraq war vet, not a politician.
Obama’s Afghanistan polices are even more fucked than Karzai’s. Barky ran the war with a dicked-up ROE, pussified doctrine, and portraying the enemy as less of an enemy. Why, the Taliban even got a nice office in Doha. American troops think that by not engaging the enemy, their mission is a ‘success’.
But then, “victory isn’t necessarily the goal.”
When we finally un-ass that cesspool, the Taliban will line the roads of Kabul with the heads of Parliament and bring fresh hell to the populace. It will again be a 250,000 square mile Islamic prison. We are the only thing that stood between their freedom and the Taliban threat. Now, they’ll just have to fend for themselves. Good luck with that.
I’ve always maintained that we made a huge mistake washing our hands of Afghanistan after we helped the mujaheddin kick out the Soviets. Power loves a vacuum, and the frothing Islamic zealots were right there to fill it.
Speaking of the Soviets, how’s this for irony: Karzai supports the Russian invasion of Crimea. It’s a far cry from when the Russkies invaded Afghanistan to prop up their puppet communist government in Kabul.
The Taliban filth that took over Afghanistan inflicted a five year reign of brutality. Beheadings and floggings became commonplace for minor transgressions against Islam. Music, television, and the Internet were banned. Men were forced to wear beards, women were forced to wear head-to-toe Burqas, and they were beaten if they did not comply. Girls were forbidden to attend school. Women were prohibited from working outside the home or being in public without a male relative. Those who did were beaten or shot, by officers of the “ministry for the protection of virtue and prevention of vice.”
Afghanistan is far from stable. The economy is still fragile. They have no shared language or culture among the numerous disparate tribes; they’re so isolated and disjointed that they will never be a unified nation. Therefore, the biggest bully on the block—the Taliban and Al Qaeda—wins and they will be back with a vengeance. In all likelihood, they will reestablish Afghanistan as an operating base.
I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Karzai fled the country. He knows what’s coming. He’ll probably seek refuge in Europe or maybe even Saudi Arabia, a favorite choice for exiled Arab leaders and dictators.
Whatever happens, one thing is for sure; as long as there is Islam there will be terrorism.