We shouldn’t stay in Afghanistan for one single minute longer. It is a war with no objective, no definition of victory, no possibility of victory, no genuine native allies, and no purpose. It is a massive drain of human resources, money and materiel. It is unconscionable that it has gone on this long. It is appalling that after Obama told Karzai that the Taliban were not the enemy and he didn’t want to fight them, that there weren’t immediate calls from the Republicans to end the war and bring our troops home immediately. The entire political class in Washington is clueless, corrupt and compromised.
“Afghanistan cracks down on ads in favor of U.S. troops,” from Reuters, January 22:
Afghanistan’s government, increasingly at odds with Washington, is cracking down on advertisements that promote keeping U.S. troops in the country after 2014 and has already shut down a spot aired by the country’s most widely watched broadcasters.
The commercials – some funded by a U.S. organization – have drawn official criticism because they urge President Hamid Karzai to abandon his refusal to sign a security pact with the United States that would enable the troops to stay.
Broadcasters, which ran the spots for several weeks, came under investigation on grounds that their source of funding was unclear. All have pulled the advertisements off the air.
“We have launched an investigation into broadcasters to find out where they receive money from for such advertisements,” Basir Azizi, a spokesman for the attorney general, told Reuters on Wednesday.
Despite Karzai’s refusal to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) unless several conditions were met, many Afghans are uncertain the army is able to fend off Taliban insurgents without help from the NATO-led ISAF coalition of troops.
The commercials often include interviews with rank-and-file Afghans calling on Karzai to sign the accord immediately.
In one spot, the head of a cultural association tells the president: “You should accept the people’s demand and sign this as soon as possible.”
The crackdown is the latest symptom of Karzai’s hostility to Washington. Last week, he cited a deadly attack on a restaurant to accuse the United States of doing too little to fight terrorism….