President Obama is very generous with other peoples’ money, namely ours, and Harmid Karzai is among the grateful.
“I’m bringing to you and to the people of the United States the gratitude of the Afghan people for the support that your taxpayers’ money has provided us over the past decade, and for the difference that it has made to the well-being of the Afghan people,” Karzai said after his meeting with President Obama ahead of the start of the NATO Summit.
Karzai wants to keep the money flowing and has asked for $2 billion a year in aid.
Foreign aid is used to buy influence, in this case, from a corrupt government that operates Mafia-style. The only way this money would be used well is if it were decentralized to the small towns and communities but we never do that. So expect it to be used to fund more corruption.
Hillary Clinton said in 2010, about her efforts at dealing with a corrupt Afghan government, that she was “…pressing the Afghan government at all levels to be more accountable, to go after corruption,” but that the U.S. also had a responsibility to improve management of its programs. [Don’t hold your breath. We give aide without management, it’s what we do.]
Obama had given up hope of ending corruption in the Karzai government so now we are helping to fund it. The press has worked with the Obama administration to transform the image of Karzai as hopelessly corrupt to acting in good faith. It’s a miracle!!!
As our much-apprecitaed taxpayer money [that we borrow from other countries] continues to flow, Obama is pushing for Karzai to bring the Taliban into his government. It is incorporated into the loosely-arranged agreement signed recently by both countries.
Karzai and Obama signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement which covers a period of ten years, 2014 – 2024 though neither side is bound to it. Afghanistan must give a one-year notice if they decide to pull out of the agreement.
It provides continued support for Afghanistan for the next ten years and was finalized before NATO so they can be dragged into the funding with the U.S.
The U.S. has also made it clear the Taliban can be part of the agreement. Of course, they can. That would be the same people who told us to Get Out of their country yesterday?
The very terrorists – the Taliban – who brought us into the “good war,” the “right war,” are now welcomed into the government again and we will enforce that effort with tax dollars. The Taliban already controls many districts but hope for more.
The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers group, who represent various ethnic groups, are opposed to an agreement not voted on by the people. On their web blog, ‘Our Journey to Smile’, they said, “we reject such declarations made by politicians who do not know us, nor care for us. How can an agreement that affects 30 million civilians be signed into action without taking into account their opinions, desires and hopes for the future.”
The agreement does not prohibit the forming of bases though there are no specifics available as yet. I do believe we need bases there. Some U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan and training of Afghan troops will continue.
There are no reliable commitments to any of this by either side. It’s main focus is the recognize we will have some kind of relationship for ten years, though that could change with each country’s respective elections.
Prior to the agreement, the U.S. had to transfer control of U.S. detention facilities to the Afghans. Secondly, they established Afghan sovereignty over special operations raids and the U.S. soldiers now have to obtain warrants before any raids.
In 2009, “Officials quoted by The Times described Karzai as a Mafia-like figure who expanded his influence over the drug trade with the aid of U.S. efforts to eliminate his competitors,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote on October 28, 2009. So when the U.S. pretends this is humanitarian aid or something similar, keep this in mind – it’s a payoff to the Afghan Mafia.