Skip to comments.US wants to keep 9 bases in Afghanistan, Karzai says
Posted on 05/09/2013 7:37:33 AM PDT by haffast
KABUL -- The U.S. wants to keep nine bases in Afghanistan after American combat troops withdraw in 2014 and the Afghan government will let them as long as it gets "security and economic guarantees," President Hamid Karzai said Thursday in his first public offer in talks about the future relationship between the two uneasy allies.
U.S. officials have made no final announcement about how many troops might remain in Afghanistan after 2014, although they have said as many as many as 12,000 U.S. and coalition forces could remain to train and advise Afghans and continue counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida and other extremists.
The Afghan government would have to approve any such decision, but months of negotiations over a bilateral security agreement have been troubled with disagreements over handing over detainees and anger over alleged misbehavior by American troops.
Karzai has made many statements about the issue but gave his first specific statement about bases at a ceremony at Kabul University.
"We are giving the bases, nine bases they want from Afghanistan in all of Afghanistan," he said.
But in return, Afghanistan wants a U.S. commitment to boost its security, strengthen its armed forces and promise long-term economic development.
"It is our condition that they bring security and bring it quickly and strengthen the Afghan forces and the economy," he said. "When they (the U.S.) do this, we are ready to sign" a partnership agreement.
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>> security and economic guarantees
Yeah, especially those “economic” guarantees.
We ought to pull out completely and just let the extortionist have the place. We can nuke it from orbit later when it reverts to the violent moongod cesspool it’s been for about a thousand years.
Is the US really that stupid?
>> Is the US really that stupid?
That’s one of those “rhetorical” questions, right? :-)
Short answer, “yes”.
Too bad Washington’s farewell address has been forgotten.
Well this will be an interesting discussion. Who do you trust most to honor such commitments? Karzai or The One ?
I assume that question is rhetorical?
The US will continue to secure the Afghan heroin production
That is a real race to the bottom. I think Karzai because he is more the standard corruption model. He can be bought or at least rented. Obama wants the US brought down to suit his ideology and hatred.
Bush Waterboarded jehadist clowns...they gave us bin laden...
Our spooks found Bin Laden...but too late for Bush to do anything about it
the pretender decided against his own better judgement to kill bin laden.
He is DEAD
time to get out.
until the White Hut turns back to the White House, its best for the military to pull back...because with him as _resident he could use the military to destroy our true friends like Israel....
I wonder how many of these bases will be right next to an oil or gas pipeline ?
Ask the British about leaving Afghanistan in 1842! Sometimes it is harder to get out!
It makes more sense than pulling out completely, which is what we did in Iraq.
Target practice for the Taliban.
Think of them as giant American Taxpayer money funnels!
Which area is more critical to our nation strategically?
Which area cost us more in blood and treasure?
You are so focused on the negative you can’t see what they are.
They are Iranian containment.
You don’t see the big picture
well THAT worked out well... yikes!