Hamid Karzai Unleashed: Why the Anti-Americanism?

By Patricia Lee Sharpe Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been training his verbal artillery at the U.S. for the last couple of years. Barrage after barrage of bitter recrimination. He’s nearing the end of his second term as President of... Read more »

The Afghan Solution: Groveling in Doha?

I do not wish to discuss the content of President Obama’s budget negotiations with Republicans in Congress, but his approach to the Doha conversations seems all too redolent of his tendency to capitulate even before talks begin. In such cases, agreements are little more than fig leaves not quite covering the fact that the whole store has already been given away. In this case, however, what seems poorly handled on the surface may actually be an endgame in which the administration admits defeat and hands the country over to the Taliban. Whether or not this is so, prematurely groveling in public before an unrepentant Taliban is a terrible way to go. Don’t broadcast preconditions if you intend to abandon them with nothing in return before the talks begin. Read more »

Return of a King: A Cautionary Narrative for Afghanistan

by Steven R. Corman Here is a quiz:  In what South Asian war did a country invade to pursue its own interests, overthrow an existing government and establish a client regime, encounter effective resistance by local insurgents despite the superiority of its army, fight to a stalemate, and withdraw when resources and interest waned back home?  If your answer did not include the British East India Company (EIC) invasion of Afghanistan in the 19th century, […] Read more »

West Wing Week: 01/18/13 or “#NowIsTheTime”

This week, President Hamid Karzai came to the White House, as did nine newly posted foreign ambassadors and the President held the final news conference of his first term before signing executive orders initiating 23 separate executive actions to preve... Read more »

President Obama Hosts President Karzai

President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan participate in a joint press conference (January 11, 2013)

President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan participate in a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama hosted Afghan President Hamid Karzai today at the White House for talks on the partnership between our two nations and the role of U.S. troops in that country.

And coming out of those talks, President Obama was able to discuss a milestone we'll reach this year when Afghan forces take full responsibility for their nation's security and the war draws to a close.

"This progress is only possible because of the incredible sacrifices of our troops and our diplomats, the forces of our many coalition partners, and the Afghan people who’ve endured extraordinary hardship," he said. "In this war, more than 2,000 of America’s sons and daughters have given their lives. These are patriots that we honor today, tomorrow, and forever."

In his statement, President Karzai echoed that message.

"During our conversations...I thanked the President for the help that the United States has given to the Afghan people," he said, "for all that we have gained in the past 10 years, and that those gains will be kept by any standard while we are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan, including the respect for Afghan constitution."

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