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  •  Karzai wants to have his cake and eat it too (2+ / 0-)
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    RandomNonviolence, polecat
    so, if I understand this correctly, if the Afghanistan government doesn't sign an agreement to keep US troops there, the US is threatening to remove the troops. Eh, what?
    US troops are pretty much the only reason Karzai's still alive, never mind the titular President of Afghanistan.  If we leave, he's dead and the Taliban come roaring back because the Taliban are really just the Pashtun ethnic militia, the Pashtun being the largest and dominant ethnic group in Afghanistan (with plenty of cousins across the border in Pakistan).

    At the same time, Karzai doesn't dare say or do anything to confirm his dependence on American support and his desire to have us stay at least as long as he's alive.  What passes for his popular support would evaporate instantly.

    So Karzai's saying no, confident that we'll stay anyway even without a Status of Forces Agreement.  We're saying we're leaving unless he says yes, because we really, really want that piece of paper giving us official permission to stay forever and operate above local law.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:50:21 PM PST

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