The Associated Press reports that Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, has decided that he wants input on small unit operations in Afghanistan. He wants US troops out of villages there;
“From our vision, the fight against terrorism is not in Afghanistan,” he said. “That is why we do not want military operations in our villages, in our houses.”
Karzai discounted fears that Afghanistan would descend into a civil war of ethnic factions after the foreign combat troops complete their withdrawal. He said he was confident that Afghan soldiers and police can handle security.
“I’m completely sure that the withdrawal of international forces in 2014 will give us more opportunity to provide more security,” Karzai said. “We are the owners of this country. We should really show that we are the owners of this country.”
I guess he figures that we let Joe Bite Me develop strategy for Afghanistan, so Karzai can’t do any worse. Of course, this is nothing more than Zarzai saying that he wants us to continue funding the war without actually fighting it. So we should just pour bags of money into Afghanistan (ie. Karzai’s 401K).