Afghanistan's Karzai blasts U.S., marring Hagel visit

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Tiu wrote:

Egality strikes again.

Mar 10, 2013 6:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MrSatyre wrote:

Tiu, really? How do you figure? Where is the equaling, or were you being sarcastic? Still seems to be plenty of non-equality issues remaining to be resolved between the Taliban, the Afghan gov’t and the NATO troops—clearly demonstrated in the continued oppression by the Taliban against women and infidels in general, the Afghan government’s corruption and lack of willingness to accept any sort of meaningful leadership roles and responsibilities (to say nothing of astoundingly contradictory statements such as this latest one from Karzai), and NATO’s indiscriminate drone attacks.

Mar 10, 2013 9:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:

Karzai is a greedy, lying self-serving despot. Without a “deal” with the Taliban, he will be executed the second we leave. Better idea is let him escape to the USA and then arrest him. After his trial, we can divest the BILLIONS of our tax dollars he has absconded. Give him a cell next to Bernie M.
The Taliban is correct about one thing. Nato/US needs to leave NOW, lock stock & barrel. President Obama, bring home ALL our children.

Mar 10, 2013 9:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bradnaksuthin wrote:

Why in heavens name are we STILL in Afghanistan??
1. Our objective for going there in the first place has been accomplished: Osama Bin Ladin is dead
2. It’s obvious that the Afghan government doesn’t want us there anymore
3. We are spending 10 billion dollars a month on security in Afghanistan at the same time we are cutting police, fire and teacher’s jobs in the US
4. Afghan security forces have spent 11 years training. If they can’t do the job now… they never will be capable
5. Afghan security forces have been murdering their US trainers. You can’t even trust your friends.

GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN and let it be a lesson to all those idiotic stupid imbecile war hawks that wars are easy to start AND TERRIBLE EXPENSIVE AND DIFFICULT TO END

Mar 10, 2013 10:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bradnaksuthin wrote:

I hope those who would use the US military to engage in foreign wars have finally learned a hard lesson they should have learned after Vietnam and Iraq.
But somehow I fear they are just planning for the next foreign invasion: Syria or Iran, anyone?

Mar 10, 2013 10:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dagonfistx wrote:

Its pretty well documented that we are working with both our so called enemies. People keep ignoring this… Forgetting the fact we helped lead to the establishment of AQ for example with our own people…
Its been released in mainstream that they are supporting AQ in Syria…
Even at the least there is overwhelming evidence that the weapons and funds being sent their (that r not even supposed to exist…) are going to AQ. Still the “masses” as they now call us still dont listen.

Mar 10, 2013 10:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bagehot wrote:

I’d put the cuffs on myself. If American kids didn’t give their lives there wouldn’t even be a Woman’s Day speech for him to give! Thing is, he’d take full advantage of his rights in an American court to act the martyr and threaten the U.S. with armed resistance, possibly spilling into the CONUS. Like Qaddaffi and Assad, there’s only one way out for this clown, and I won’t shed a tear.

Mar 10, 2013 10:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

Occupation is a sin.

Mar 10, 2013 11:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

On the surface the accusations sound ridiculous but I wouldn’t put anything past the D.C. war machine.

Mar 10, 2013 12:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
johnwayland wrote:

Even the Afghans are wishing Obama had been defeated.

Mar 10, 2013 12:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
johnwayland wrote:

Even the Afghans are wishing Obama had been defeated.

Mar 10, 2013 12:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
johnwayland wrote:

Even the Afghans are wishing Obama had been defeated.

Mar 10, 2013 12:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bucky_2 wrote:

How long is Karzai going to last after we leave Afghanistan?

Mar 10, 2013 1:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BOOWAH wrote:

Gee! Do you think that the U.S. has figured out yet that they wasted the last 10 years, along with 400 American lives and a trillion dollars?

Mar 10, 2013 1:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kehenalife wrote:


Mar 10, 2013 1:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Popsiq wrote:

It’s no crapshoot. Whether the violence continues or the violence abates America will be in Afghanistan until Iran is destabilized as well.

Having muslim sectarian violence is in America’s interests. Once everything worthwhile is totally destroyed, the oil will be waiting – a reward for the first humanitarians who show up to help.

Mar 10, 2013 1:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yeah-sure wrote:

One has to wonder where all the former Bush bashers are now. This president has even less of a clue than Peanut Boy Carter had (has). But nobody ever holds the king Obama to task. After all, he is a Nobel prize winner.

The hypocrisy of the leftist academic elite is laughable if it wasn’t so sad. Cut out and leave Karzai to his doom, which should last a matter of hours if he’s lucky.

Mar 10, 2013 1:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MassResident wrote:

We already went through this in Iraq, remember? Bush wanted to keep our military there and the Iraqi’s refused. Karzai can’t afford to have a small US force in the country because he will be perceived as serving a foreign occupying power as long as US troops are there and a small force won’t be enough to protect him.

When President Kennedy first sent US military advisers to Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh was asked for his reaction. He said that it insured the failure of the South Vietnamese government in the war. He was right. Humans are territorial animals and outsiders will be rejected if they are fighting the locals instead of some other foreign power.

It is generally perceived that we “lost” in Vietnam but what did we lose by leaving? We didn’t “save” the Vietnamese from Communism but we haven’t saved the North Koreans of the Chinese either. We have had to give up trying in order to end the cold war. It is time to recognize the the “War on Terror” is doing us far more damage than our worst enemies could hope to accomplish through their own actions.

Mar 10, 2013 1:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

This man, while initially brave, has become so unnerved that he’s babbling baloney. He won’t last a week after the US pullout.

Mar 10, 2013 2:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
derdutchman wrote:

Karzai’s argument makes as much sense as saying that the Justice Department is colluding with criminals for the purpose of ensuring that law enforcement people have jobs.

Mar 10, 2013 3:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

@ MrSatyre I was equating a player to the Duc d’Orleans circa 1790.

Mar 10, 2013 3:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

China, Russia, and four of the “stans” in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have agreed to watch Afghanistan after we leave. They may not have the same views of “human rights” that the US and NATO have, but they may be more effective. Let them spend Chinese renminbis and Russian rubles while we keep US dollars in the hands of US corporate and political criminals where they belong.

Mar 10, 2013 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doorman6666 wrote:

There is more to this. This is after the US refused to turn ovr a detention center that is larger than Guantanamo.. to the Afghan Government after promising to do so. There are allegations of torture and deaths of detainees. This has been documented.

Same old story of the occupier.

Mar 10, 2013 5:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

So you want to be an Anglo Christian politician under a week kneed muslim US president and go to Afghan….have fun. Reality really sucks doesn’t it Hagel? NO ONE knows hardball like Afgahn knows hardball.

Mar 10, 2013 5:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZ1811 wrote:

I agree with Doc62. Karzai has been plundering the money we sent to “help” his people and won’t last a week post US pullout. As a matter of fact, we should pull out now – no more blood and treasure for this idiot. Hey Mr. Obama – how about one of your drones?

Mar 10, 2013 5:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

Unless you LIVED it you are not really qualified to comment on this:
“When President Kennedy first sent US military advisers to Vietnam”, even those of us that did do not know how things would have turned out if JFK was allowed to fulfill his plans in Nam. I am sure it would have been much different that it was. I also know Afghan, Iran, and possible Iraq would be sheets of glass-probably. And America would be much stronger today. That is basically all JFK cared about-AMERICA! He was the LAST true AMERICAN Democrat. Yes, I was there.

Mar 10, 2013 5:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
anon100101 wrote:

Getting tired of these colors of hatred … If Obama stays, he’s a warmonger. If he leaves, he’s a coward. People complain about the Taliban supporting OBL and terrorism, then the next thing out of their mouth is they hope the Taliban take over Afghanistan and kill Karzai. Nothing is ever good enough and these blind eyes of hatred is what is truly destroying this nation, money matters may contribute to that but money doesn’t hold the blade that goes firmly in the back. We talk a lot about “freedom” in this world … it’s too bad we don’t have the freedom to choose our own world. You know this world is screwed when being smart, or “Academic”, is cause to have you branded as a “leftist” aka “liberal”.

Mar 10, 2013 5:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
taomu wrote:

Soon it will be back to beheading women.

Mar 10, 2013 6:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
HJL wrote:

Bush may have got us in Afghanistan, but Obama is keeping us there. Given their take, maybe we should just leave now and let them get screwed by their own ignorance and desire to remain in the stone age!

Mar 10, 2013 6:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

“You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last.
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast.
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun,

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you.
Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you.
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore.
Strike another match, go start anew
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue. ”
- Bob Dylan 1965

Mar 10, 2013 6:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Defcon4 wrote:

Get out of Afghanistan and leave Karzai dead in the street for the dogs.

Mar 10, 2013 6:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ONTIME wrote:

Just because your paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get ya……lighten up Karzai.

Mar 10, 2013 6:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Three3 wrote:

Obama – Tell the guy to his face: Get with it, or we’re gone.

Mar 10, 2013 6:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
David_SD wrote:

I’m just hoping that we off that bi-polar, drug-dealing piece of trash before we vacate that Third World sewer of a country. And I’m hoping we off the 30 prisoners left at Baghram Prison before we turn the prison over to those savages. We need to get out of there. Our troops have given enough to a bunch of savages who can NEVER be lifted up. They are too steeped in the culture of “dancing boys” (look it up) and opium production.

Mar 10, 2013 6:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mandy123 wrote:

Obama foreign policy is non-existent.

Mar 10, 2013 6:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DOOM2U wrote:

Why does America keep hooking up with these two bit dictators ??? And I have to say that Karsai deserves a category of his own. He is not only corrupt but pompous and stupid. We need to leave Now and let them kill and slaughter until there is no life left in Afghanistan or Pakistan

Mar 10, 2013 6:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kestrel6 wrote:

I hope everybody remembers that we are the ones that put this guy in power. Let’s look historically — We were probably responsible for the killing of the South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963, Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (August 7, 1964), weapons of mass destruction — Iraq, and the list goes on. So, it is not such a reach to assume that this guy may have good reason to make the accusation.

Mar 10, 2013 7:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
seanhellier wrote:

It’s going to be fun watching Karzai’s own people string him up from a lamp post ten minutes after we leave that worthless rat hole.

Mar 10, 2013 9:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Invictuss wrote:

Karzai a former employee of UNOCAL won’t last a day after the usa and whatever else forces withdraw … poor guy has stuffed with so much money he will be hanged on the square by the talibans :)

Mar 11, 2013 6:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZreb wrote:

Don’t you just love it when our Secretary of State has to be so “respectful” of a corrupt leader who criticizes and condemns the country that is supporting him?

Is it time for some “tough love” regarding Karzai and Afghanistan? Time to get out, cut the funding and let the Afghans go it alone?

Mar 11, 2013 8:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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