I have often used these pages to complain about the billions of dollars and countless lives that we continue to lose in Afghanistan and Iraq – while our states and schools shutdown vital programs for lack of funds. This is particularly annoying with a president of Afghanistan who has repeatedly stated that he wished he had gone with the Taliban and views the United States as an equal threat to his country. Now, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has actually begged the United States to halt all further operations on its soil. One would have thought that U.S. officials would have expressed relief and ordered a rapid pullout. Instead, we are saying that the desire of the Afghan people to have us stop operations is of no import — we will continue to protect them whether they want protection or not.
In his latest statement, Karzai pleaded “I ask NATO and US, with honor and humbleness and not with arrogance, to stop its operations on our soil.” That is somehow too ambiguous for the Obama Administration, which will not allow the Afghans to determine whether they continue to need our help.
According to polls, the only populace as opposed to our operations as the Afghan people is the American people. Of course, that appears to matter even less than the Afghan people’s will.
Source: Washington Post