Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan has made an offer to trade immunity from Afghan courts to US troops in Afghanistan for a return of sovereignty. On it’s face,the offer sounds reasonable. Well, until you look at what he calls “sovereignty”;
Karzai said his key demands were that the US handover all detainees in its custody and shut all its prisons in Afghanistan, handover control of Afghan airspace, and stop military raids on Afghan villages.
“Within those conditions, and once those conditions are fulfilled by the United States with us, Afghanistan is willing to consider immunity for them and I, as the president of Afghanistan, am willing to go to the Afghan people and put that case forward and try to argue for it,” he added.
Yeah, so we close our prisons and handover the detainees – and they’re all going to end up rearmed and fighting us again. Either they’ll escape or the Afghan courts will release them.
What, exactly is the Afghan government going to do with Afghan airspace? Basically, he wants control over our drone program and our fire support for our troops.
Raids on villages is the only thing we have to combat the Taliban from moving into Afghan villages.
So, boiled down to it’s essence, Karzai’s proposal is that he wants us to stay on our bases and throw money at him. Only an idiot would agree to that, lucky for Karzai we’ve got an idiot formulating our policy in Afghanistan – Joe Bite-Me.