Theodore's World: Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai says "We Don’t Need American Troops"

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March 16, 2014

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai says "We Don’t Need American Troops"

Karzai says We Don’t Need American Troops…

FOX News

In his final address to Afghanistan’s parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military, which already protects 93 percent of the country, was ready to take over entirely.

He reiterated his stance that he would not sign a pact with the United States that would provide for a residual force of U.S. troops to remain behind after the final withdrawal, unless peace could first be established.

The Afghan president has come under heavy pressure to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement, with a council of notables that he himself convened recommend that he sign the pact. The force would train and mentor Afghan troops, and some U.S. Special Forces would also be left behind to hunt down Al Qaeda.

All 10 candidates seeking the presidency in April 5 elections have said they would sign the security agreement. But Karzai himself does not appear to want his legacy to include a commitment to a longer foreign troop presence in his country.

Karzai was brought to power in the wake of the 2001 U.S.-led invasion and subsequently won two presidential elections —- in 2004 and again in 2009. But he has in recent years espoused a combatative nationalism, with his hour-long speech Saturday no exception.

Wild Thing's comment..............

He has always been a fan of the Taliban.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 16, 2014 12:47 AM


And we don't need Karzai. He has his fortune now stashed away in international banks. Now he can retire to the Riviera until the assassine decides the time is ripe to finish Karzai.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at March 16, 2014 12:14 PM