Sunday, March 10, 2013

Karzai Accuses U.S. of Colluding with the Taliban...

This morning I read that Afghan President Karzai just accused the U.S. of colluding with Taliban ($WSJ) to persuade the Afghan public that they really needed foreign forces (which are, of course, primarily American) to stay past the announced withdrawal date in 2014.  The specific accusation is that the U.S. “coordinated” the Taliban suicide bombings in Kabul yesterday.

I caught myself in a very uncomfortable moment as I read, when I realized that I was actually considering that Karzai was telling the truth.  Ordinarily I'd have dismissed such as statement as the delusional ravings of a hard-pressed foreign politician frantically searching for a scapegoat.  Not this time.  I'm not saying that I believe Karzai is correct; in fact, I still think that's very unlikely.  But...I'm keeping an open mind about it.  Should some actual evidence surface, I'll be paying close attention. 

Why this change in attitude?  It's really very simple: I have absolutely zero faith that the Obama administration's actions are guided by America's interests.  I am persuaded that only their own interests guide their actions.  If they thought colluding with the Taliban would help them, I have no doubt they'd find a way to justify it to themselves.

I am saddened to find myself thinking this way...

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