Skip to comments.US close to suspending talks on Afghan future
Posted on 10/05/2013 7:29:23 PM PDT by Timber Rattler
The United States and Afghanistan have reached an impasse in their talks over the role that US forces will play here beyond next year, officials from both countries say, raising the distinct possibility of a total withdrawal an outcome that the Pentagons top military commanders dismissed just months ago.
This week, the administration also considered sending Secretary of State John Kerry, who has a good relationship with Karzai, to personally intervene in the talks, US and Afghan officials said. But officials decided Kerrys time was better spent on an Asian trip that President Obama canceled because of the government shutdown, according to another US official.
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Future? Oh they must mean going back to tribal feuds and smocks for everyone with beheadings at the soccer stadium on weekends. Or whenever they feel like it.
No surprise. Candidate Obama said this was the war worth fighting-not Iraq. We should give it to the Chinese. They got the spare troops and the business contracts to develope the minerals.
Afghan future, heh, yeah, good one.
Thanks Timber Rattler.
I have said from the start that Afghanistan is a terrain and culture in which troops are far less effective than nuclear weapons: pull our troops out immediately, and make it very clear what the consequences will be at the first sign of shenanigans. Prevailing winds should take care of our Pakistan problems at the same time, and knowing that should entice them to help keep their fellow thugs to the west under check.
Obama is doing as he did when Iraq and the U.S. needed a formal agreement for the continuing role for U.S. forces.
Either by design or because he hates negotiating or because he is such an amatuer, HE, Obama, is the main impediment to there likely being no formal agreement forward when the current agreements with Afghanistan come to an end. If a new Afghan government, afrer Karzai, is really serious about continuing to blunt the Taliban, it will likely seek support from other’s besides the U.S.
I fault Obama for that likely result, a result he could prevent.
The rest of me will not cry over the fact of no more U.S. troops’ lives being risked on the battlefield known as Afghanistan.