Saturday, January 30, 2010

Another Decade to Go in Afghanistan

Then let's come home now. I don't want to stay that long.

"Afghan president predicts long NATO stay" by David Stringer and Jill Lawless, Associated Press Writers | January 28, 2010

LONDON --Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned Thursday that foreign troops must stay in his country for another decade, as world powers agreed on an exit map including a plan to persuade Taliban fighters to disarm in exchange for jobs and homes.

Why would you have to persuade people not to be terrorists, huh?

Unless they aren't really terrorists at all, hmm?

Divisions emerged between the U.S. and its partners over Kabul's willingness to offer peace to Taliban leaders who once harbored al-Qaida, instead of the more limited deal for lower-ranking fighters emphasized by the Americans. All agree that reconciliation means bringing on board what Mark Sedwill, NATO's newly appointed civilian chief in Afghanistan, called "some pretty unsavory characters."

Imagine how they feel about us, huh?

The conference was called to help the U.S. and its allies find a way out of the grinding Afghan war amid rising U.S. and NATO casualties and falling public support....



Karzai said neighboring Pakistan and Saudi Arabia -- which worked together to facilitate the rise of the radical Islamic movement in the 1990s -- would play a key role in the reintegration process.

And one more thing:

"The U.S. government was well aware of the Taliban's reactionary program, yet it chose to back their rise to power in the mid-1990s. The creation of the Taliban was "actively encouraged by the ISI and the CIA," according to Selig Harrison, an expert on U.S. relations with Asia. "The United States encouraged Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to support the Taliban, certainly right up to their advance on Kabul," adds respected journalist Ahmed Rashid. When the Taliban took power, State Department spokesperson Glyn Davies said that he saw "nothing objectionable" in the Taliban's plans to impose strict Islamic law, and Senator Hank Brown, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Near East and South Asia, welcomed the new regime: "The good part of what has happened is that one of the factions at last seems capable of developing a new government in Afghanistan." "The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis. There will be Aramco [the consortium of oil companies that controlled Saudi oil], pipelines, an emir, no parliament and lots of Sharia law. We can live with that," said another U.S. diplomat in 1997."

No kidding?

Oh, that's a real kick to the lower groans, isn't it, ladies?

The TALIBAN was established under U.S. AUSPICES?


Strange how the MSM forgets that, huh?

The Afghan leader will convene a peace jirga -- or conference -- within weeks to involve Afghan leaders, members of civil society groups and clerics, Afghanistan's outgoing foreign minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta said. "The starting premise is you don't make peace with your friends," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. "You have to be willing to engage with your enemies if you expect to create a situation that ends an insurgency."

WTF is she blabbering about? She was
DRUNK, wasn't she?

But U.S. officials balk at talk of a future Afghan government that includes allies of Mullah Mohammed Omar -- the Afghan Taliban leader who refused to hand over Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. His refusal led to the Afghan war.

Yeah, and when they ASKED FOR PROOF we HAD NONE!

And screw your damn 9/11 lies too, MSM!

U.S. Special Representative Richard Holbrooke said the peace plan should focus on low-ranking Taliban fighters motivated by money, not ideology -- rather than on the leadership. "That is not on the agenda here. There is nothing happening on it involving the United States," Holbrooke told reporters. Holbrooke said the Taliban's renunciation of al-Qaida was a "red line" for the United States. "We are in Afghanistan because of Sept. 11, 2001," he told reporters before the conference. "We cannot stop until we have dismantled their network."

Another PoS globalist scum.

However, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen told The Associated Press in an interview that he could eventually see members of the Taliban serving in Karzai's government, provided they accept the rule of law. "If they do, I don't see any obstacle to their integration in Afghan society and Afghan democracy," he said.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner agreed. "If there's a coalition, maybe there'll be a minister" from the Taliban, he said. "It's not for us to decide."

International allies Thursday pledged $140 million toward the first year's work of Karzai's reconciliation program, though the final figure is expected to be much higher, officials said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the money pool -- dubbed the "Taliban Trust Fund" by some -- is likely to top $500 million over three years.

So now we are going to BUY OFF the "terrorists" with MORE TAX LOOT?

However, skeptics believe desperately poor Afghanistan will struggle to find homes and jobs for thousands of former fighters in an economy driven by international aid and opium poppy cultivation....

That's where my printed paper cut it.

Taliban fighters have been taking over wider swathes of the country and attacked the capital, Kabul.... The Taliban dismissed Karzai's reconciliation plan, saying in a statement posted to their Web site Wednesday that their fighters wouldn't be swayed by financial incentives and will continue fighting until foreign troops leave....

Pfft! Their web site! HA!