Hey, wait a minute. Do I remember this correctly?
After we invaded Afghanistan eight years ago and toppled the Taliban, didn’t we install Hamid Karzai as President of Afghanistan?
Haven’t we kept American troops there ever since, to support him and his government? And didn’t we support him for re-election?
And, unless I’ve totally lost it, last December, didn’t President Obama send an additional 47,000 American troops to Afghanistan? And didn’t the president just fly over to Afghanistan to assure Karzai of our continued support?
Of course, all of that is true.
So what’s up with Karzai’s latest tirade? In a speech to lawmakers, he denounced the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan. He accused them of committing fraud in the last election to make him look bad. And, he said, if the United States didn’t stop putting pressure on him – get this! – he might quit and “join the Taliban.”
Holy smoke. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
One thing for sure: We can forget about Karzai cleaning up his act and offering a credible government alternative to the Taliban.
And, without that, our military can never succeed in Afghanistan. So why wait? We might as well bring all our troops home – now.
That’s my parting shot for today.