Comment on Obama’s Stealth Trip to Stroke Kharzai
In response to:
New York Times | December 3, 2010
If the focus of the trip is as described in this piece, it is yet another tragically wrong-headed blunder on the part of our feckless president. Karzai needs to be read the riot act at a minimum. If not simply dumped.
Many Americans can support, out of our native generosity, helping a committed partner to build a stable Afghanistan. But we have no such partner in Karzai. He’s a weak kleptocrat, so mentally unbalanced that he can’t even resist biting the hand that feeds him, running a narco-state. He and his cronies have stolen hundreds of millions — if not billions — of US tax-payer dollars, while making fools of us on the international stage. The stomach-churning rage & frustration that this creates domestically, and the weakening of the Administration, is only the tip of the iceberg. Anyone who doesn’t connect North Korea’s (largely accurate) believe that they can sell nuclear weapons to rogue states and lob the occasional artillery shell at South Korea with the public abuse of our largess in Afghanistan is blind to the calculus of geopolitics.
This guy needs to be cut off, or taken out. Such has always been the price of treachery towards one’s patrons. For Obama to persist in the fiction that we can somehow work with the guy is the at center of the cancer that has us unable to deal effectively with our international adversaries on both the political and economic fronts.
Afghanistan is known as the graveyard of empires for a reason. Only a fool sets up permanent camp there — particularly when the place is full of grave robbers.