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Will Afghanistan be the new Iraq only worse?

The Associated Press is reporting:  “President Hamid Karzai pressed America’s top military leader Monday on the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan as it prepares to pour up to 30,000 more forces into the country. Karzai asked Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, what kinds of operations the newly deployed troops would carry out and said the Afghan government should be consulted about those operations.”

The sovereign country of Afghanistan is asking politely that it be consulted regarding military operations carried out by the US on its soil and that will undoubtedly kill large numbers of its citizens.  There is not even a fiction being floated of plucky Afghans seeking American help to establish a viable democracy so they can be free of Islamofascist tyranny.  Meanwhile, Karzai is negotiating with the Taliban since he can read the tea leaves as well as anyone in Afghanistan, even if Admiral Mullen and the incoming Obamas cannot.

Meanwhile in Iraq the US is insisting on its right to maintain combat troops in the Iraqi cities after next summer by relabeling them and is also suggesting that the deadline for the withdrawal of all soldiers might not be firm.  Both comments surprised the Iraqi leadership, which might have reacted more strongly if it had not been preoccupied with locking up political opponents in advance of next month’s elections.

Does anyone in Washington know how to play this game?

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#1 Comment By George On December 22, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

Obama will be one of the biggest frauds in American political history.

#2 Comment By conradg On December 22, 2008 @ 7:27 pm

Totally off-topic, but I was wondering why I haven’t seen any new posts at Larison’s blog since December 12th. Is there something wrong with my browser loading, or has Daniel taken the holidays off?

#3 Comment By Jason On December 22, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

As commander-in-chief, Obama will probably make just about every conceivable mistake. Think Bush was bad? Brace yourself.

#4 Comment By Daniel McCarthy On December 22, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

Conradg, I think Daniel L. is on hiatus for Christmas. Posting may be a bit light at @TAC too over the next two weeks.

#5 Comment By icr On December 23, 2008 @ 7:26 pm

It’s really insane that we’re still in Afghanistan more than seven years after 9/11. What can they hope to gain?