In other words, the whole Afghan adventure, which began so as to topple the Taliban and destroy their jihad training operation, has been pointless and suicidally self-defeating, as I have been saying for years. “Interview: Karzai Says He’ll Agree To Deal Once The U.S. Meets His Demands,” from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, November 26 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
RFE/RL: Do you think that the Afghan security forces are able to deal with the Taliban on their own?
Karzai: This is our responsibility. We are all Afghans and we know each other well. Whether we would fight the Taliban or make peace with them — that is our problem. Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: “The Taliban are not our enemies and we don’t want to fight them.” I told him “This is a very good thing and this is what we want. We have been urging you for years to stop bombing people and fighting people inside of Afghanistan. So if you don’t consider the Taliban your enemies and don’t want to fight them, then why are you raiding Afghan homes every night? If you don”t consider the Taliban your enemies, which are something I want you to do and am happy you have recognized, then why are you going into Afghan homes in the name of looking for the Taliban every night?” My question is whether this will go on after the security agreement. This is why I can never allow it to happen. The security agreement should end American operations.