So, this is the thanks we get.
After saving Hamid Karzai’s ass, installing him as president of Afghanistan, and defending him – despite the rampant corruption in his government – this is the thanks we get.
Karzai has warned the United States that “history shows what Afghans do with trespassers and occupiers.”
Occupiers? Trespassers? That’s what he thinks of us? That’s the thanks we get for all the money we’ve spent in Afghanistan and all the Americans who’ve lost their lives there?
Karzai’s comments have upset a lot of people in Washington. Press Secretary Jay Carney even strongly disagreed with his description of Americans as “occupiers.”
But the fact is: Karzai is absolutely right. We may have had a legitimate mission in the beginning in Afghanistan: routing those who planned the September 11 attacks against the United States. But that was almost eight long years ago. And that mission was accomplished within a couple of months at most.
Since then, the United States has been a foreign power, occupying Afghanistan. And history does, indeed, teach us what Afghans think and do about trespassers and occupiers.
Instead of getting mad at Karzai, we should listen to him – and get out of Afghanistan now!
That’s my parting shot for today.