September 21, 2005

MOVE 'EM EAST, MOVE 'EM WEST, OR BRING 'EM HOME:

Karzai renews terror rethink plea (BBC, 9/21/05)

Mr Karzai was responding to questions about an interview he gave last week to the BBC in which he said the US needed a new approach to fighting terror in the country.

"The use of air power is something that may not be very effective now."

House searches by US-led troops have been deeply unpopular with many Afghans.

"No coalition forces should go to Afghan homes without the authorization of the Afghan government," he said.

President Karzai's renewed call for a change in approach comes after the country's landmark parliamentary elections on Sunday.

These were the last step towards the restoration of peace and democracy agreed in the Bonn agreement in 2001.

"Afghanistan now has a constitution, a president, a parliament and a nation fully participating in its destiny," President Karzai said.

"We do not think there is a serious terrorism challenge emanating in Afghanistan."

The US has about 18,000 troops fighting remnants of the Taleban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.


It's a Western Pakistan problem now.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2005 6:56 AM
Comments

We need to kill Heykmatyr first, and probably about 1000 more Taliban. Pakistan isn't going to do anymore than it has to in order to keep the US from taking away its nuclear weapons. It's a cultural thing, not necessarily a Muslim thing.

If we take the pressure off too soon, we'll be back there sooner than you want to believe.

Iraq is different - they will fight Zarqawi on their own (for the most part). The Afhgan 'warlords' like smoking the hookah with the Taliban too much.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 21, 2005 9:47 AM

jim:

No, it's an exitential thing. Those guys are a threat to Pakistan, not to us.

Posted by: oj at September 21, 2005 9:54 AM

"Restoration"?

Posted by: David Cohen at September 21, 2005 10:15 AM

Exitential, oj? Is that the plan for leaving Afghanistan?

Posted by: obc at September 21, 2005 12:51 PM

obc:

Yes, there's no longer a an existential threat there.

Posted by: oj at September 21, 2005 1:34 PM

I have as much admiration for President Karzai as does the next guy.

But, if the US has 18000 combat troops in Afghanistan, and President Karzai thinks that there isn't a "serious terrorism challenge" in the country, one of the two doesn't have a firm grasp of the real situation. I'd go with the guy with the most guns.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at September 21, 2005 5:52 PM

John:

We're just there sealing the Eastern border. Now Musharraff says he will.

Posted by: oj at September 21, 2005 6:46 PM
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