Skip to comments.Karzai blames NATO, U.S. for violence, corruption in Afghanistan
Posted on 12/06/2012 11:36:29 AM PST by NormsRevenge
Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed the U.S. and NATO forces on Thursday for some of the violence and the brunt of corruption that is rampant in his war-torn country. Karzai bluntly criticized allied tactics, declaring that terrorists won't be beaten "by attacking Afghan villages and Afghan homes."
Speaking in an exclusive interview with NBC News, Karzai also said he had written a letter to President Barack Obama warning that Afghans will not permit American and NATO troops to stay past 2014 unless the U.S. turns over hundreds of detainees held at Bagram Air Base and a nearby facility.
"I have written to President Obama that the Afghan people will not allow its government to enter into a security agreement while the United States continues to violate Afghan sovereignty," he said. "Part of the insecurity is definitely coming to us from terrorism, and the attacks of the Taliban. Part of the insecurity is coming to us from the structures that NATO and America created in Afghanistan."
NATO-led forces are currently scheduled to withdraw by the end of 2014, but the Obama administration has entered into negotiations with the government in Kabul on a security pact that would allow some as-yet undisclosed number of troops to remain beyond that point. Their mission would be to train Afghan security forces and carry out counterterrorism missions. White House press secretary Jay Carney recently said that Obama has not yet settled on the size of that residual force. The spokesman also suggested that no troops might remain.
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden confirmed that Obama had received Karzai's letter, but said, "We're not going to discuss the contents." She added that the U.S. and Afghanistan were working out "some remaining issues" regarding the transfer of detainees to Afghan custody. ..
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Write Karzai another check.
....he wouldn’t be there without US backing.
This guy should come over here and run Occupy Wall Street....
We should never have put troops on the ground in the first place, it's a cesspool.
Dang - you beat me to it!
Look in the mirror, you Muzzie drug running SOB.
A-stan is not worth one more American life or limb.
In a just world, this idjit would be stepping on an IED.
Personally, I blame Afghanis. There are very few cultures that can rival the Afghanis for corruption and violence.
Can someone please remind me again why we’re there?
“Can someone please remind me again why were there?”
Preserving the opium crops.
Any hints as to how many billions of US$ Karzy has in his personal accounts in Dubai banks?
Only a loon would want to be the President of Afghanistan.
And being targets for our enemies. We have lost 3236 heroes.
Only one way to fix this, get the hell out of Afghanistan.
Karzai needs to be hung from the rafters. Get another tin pot dictator who’ll do what he’s damn well paid to do.
OH, then, Hamid. We leave now... you lose.
Winning hearts and minds.
And we laughed at the Russians when they left there with their tails between their legs —