Monday, December 09, 2013
Afghanistan Signs Security Pact With Iran...And Shuns The U.S.
Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai has finally gotten his revenge on Barack Obama for trying to humiliate him and oust him from power back in 2009. And the perceived U.S. retreat in AfPak has a lot to do with it.
Kharzai and Iranian president Rouhani signed a security and cooperation pact in Tehran on December 8th, which his spokesperson, Aimal Faizi described to Reuters as "a long-term friendship and cooperation pact with Iran."
"The pact will be for long-term political, security, economic and cultural cooperation, regional peace and security."
Both agree on one important thing...they want the U.S. completely out of the picture:
Rouhani said Sunday his country opposes the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan and the region, saying their presence generates tension, the official IRNA news agency reported.
IRNA quoted Rouhani as telling Karzai: "We believe that all foreign forces should leave the region and that the security of Afghanistan should be handed over to people of the country."
"We are concerned about tensions caused by foreign forces' presence in the region," Rouhani was quoted as saying. He also called for more cooperation between Tehran and Kabul.
For Karzai, aside from the personal satisfaction of shafting our clueless president, the benefits are obvious. A friendly Iran could help Karzai stay in power by offsetting the Taliban until Karzai can come to his own agreement with them to stay in power, while the Iranians would benefit from a friendly client state in central Asia on its eastern borders...and one with a U.S. trained and equipped military.
And America? We will retreat in 2014 from Afghanistan having achieved absolutely nothing except the expenditure of our blood and treasure.
Thinking about the courage and sacrifice of our warriors there, I think this would be a good time to censor myself in regards to our current commander-in-chief.