Framing the Dialogue

Parse-imony – Karzai

In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…

First the headline:

Karzai demands that NATO halt airstrikes

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai, angered by an airstrike that Afghan officials said killed 14 civilians during the weekend, demanded on Tuesday that the U.S.-led coalition halt aerial strikes on Afghan houses and threatened to take unspecified actions if the coalition doesn’t comply. [when one doesn’t possess a “big stick” or any stick for that matter it is best to leave out the specifics.]

It was Karzai’s strongest statement yet on airstrikes, which have long bedeviled the relationship between the Afghan government and the coalition. [unlike the corrupt government that he oversees which have long bedeviled the relationship] His remarks were made three days after Karzai ordered his defense minister to put an end to coalition night raids [This seems like when a petulant child demands something “or else” when they really have nothing but a temper tantrum as a weapon], another tactic that Karzai says too often results in civilian casualties. [maybe if civilians didn’t harbor terrorists and the Taliban there would be fewer casualties. Perhaps the bombs are dropping where the bad guys are hiding.]

“I have warned NATO forces repeatedly that aerial attacks on the houses of Afghans are not allowed,” Karzai said. “This is their last attack.” [If you look at the last paragraph you’ll note that General David Petraeus is the commander and he, not Karzai, decides when airstrikes are called.]

Karzai didn’t say how the Afghan government would prevent coalition airstrikes. But he warned that if the strikes continued, it would threaten the U.S.-Afghan alliance in the war against the Taliban. [I have a question for Hamid…How long would your head stay attached to your body should the coalition pull out and stop protecting your government? I don’t know the intimate details of the “alliance” between the Afghan people and the coalition, but I seem to still see a lot of American soldiers coming home in wooden coffins. His threats are getting old.]

“If NATO acts like an occupier, then Afghans know how to deal with that,” [yes they’ll grow drugs, behead women, and produce the best terrorists the world has known.] he said, a reference to the occupation of Afghanistan by the British and Soviet armies in the 20th century. Both armies were forced to withdraw after years of guerrilla attacks. [All Hamid has to do is request that the United States leave his country. It is silly that this figurehead calls us an “occupier” and says very little about the Taliban occupiers.]

Both the current U.S. commander, Gen. David Petraeus, and his predecessor, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, issued orders limiting when airstrikes can be called in hopes of preventing civilian casualties, but Karzai has continued to complain that those rules haven’t stopped civilian casualties from errant or mistaken bombings. [Perhaps a stronger Afghan leader would be able to bring his country together allowing NATO to withdraw its troops. It seems to me at this point in time that Karzai and the Afghans are the only beneficiaries to our continued efforts in Afghanistan.]

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