Monday, January 27, 2014

Karzai Insists U.S. Talk Peace With Taliban

President Karzai never seems to stop surprising us.We should be used to it by now. Karzai now says that the U.S. must start peace talks with the Taliban first before he will sign the Bilateral Security Agreement. Karzai said that not including the Taliban as part of the Afghan government will ensure that it will be weak in the future.(Not sure it can get any worse than it is now). I would think by now that we know we won't get Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement. Any deadlines that we established has come and gone. Now our State Department is saying it needs to be signed "in weeks not months". I guess that means it needs to be signed in 16 weeks - after the Afghan presidential election held in April. Or maybe in 26 weeks after the run-off for the Presidential election. Hmmmmm. Read more in "Hamid Karzai toughens stance on Afghanistan security deal with US", The Guardian, January 25, 2014.

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