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U.S. President Barack Obama vs. Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama met in Kabul about six weeks ago, but the results from that meeting were far less than satisfying for President Obama. The U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones claims that one thing that President Obama wants the Afgan President to understand is "that in his (Karzai's) second term, there are certain things that have not been paid attention to, almost since Day One."
President Obama seems to be very patient with Karzai, but at the same time, he is very cautious. These sentiments are now displayed because of the Afghan President's recent remarks when he openly made anti-Western comments. What is interesting here is that President Karzai himself blames the West (the United States) for corruption in his homeland of Afghanistan, and blames any fraud in the election that took place last Novermber to the United States, and this being why he is still in power. It seems to me that he would be happy for such an outcome, but instead he previously made further threats, including the possibility of joining the Taliban if President Obama and his administration continue to provide pressure to his administration.
President Obama plans to return to Afghanistan this week, but the White threatened to put a stop to the visit because of all the negativity towards peace by Hamid Karzai.
At the same time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Karzai to the White House this week so that there can be several days of talks between her and the Afghan President concerning military actions, the defense of Afghanistan, diplomacy and intelligence reports, before meeting with President Obama.
Regardless of what was said by Karzai in the past, Hilary Clinton focused on what can be considered a "long-term commitment" of the United States to Afghanistan. The Afghan President clearly wants talks to continue, and he claims that the obvious tensions are a sign of maturity with relations of both sides.
President Obama is being patient with the Afghan President because he knows of how important it is for the two countries to help each other fight terrorism.
Why does President Karzi act this way? It may be because he fears that the United States may abandon Afghanistan in 2011, when the U.S. is scheduled to start pulling out of the country. He fears that regardless of the present progress at that time, the U.S. will abandon Afghanistan. This cannot be further than the truth. At that time, most likely President Obama would weigh his options, and remaining in that country for an extended time as this is a viable an option. Yes, Obama did state that in July of 2011 he would begin pulling out his troops, but he has never stated that there is a specific date that he will move out.
Another reason why President Obama is not too happy with the Afghan President is because he made a few promises after he was elected 6 months ago, but he has yet to be true to his word. In his inaugural address Karzai promised to fight corruption, improve governance and fight opium trafficking, which fuels the insurgency.
President very much wants to pursue his present timetable, and to be successful and withdrawal in 2011, the Afghan President must come up with a way to do exactly what he says, because if he does not, he will not be credible to the United States along with his own people.
Trust is another building block that is desperately needed between the two leaders. President Obama does not trust Karzai, and also notes that President Karzai doesn't seem to understand what good the American soldiers are doing there in his country. If President Karzai could finally get away from the notion that the United States is just present in his country for personal interests, then there may be some progress. These are definitey the hopes of President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.


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