Sunday, May 9, 2010

Welcome Words from Karzai

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has a column in today's Washington Post. It has a far different tone than his words a month ago when he actually threatened to join the Taliban. Today he emphasizes the common struggle of Afghanistan and the U.S. against terrorism, and thanks us for helping his country.

The many sacrifices of both Afghans and Americans have led to tremendous achievements. We are grateful for America's contributions and will always remember your resolve in standing by us. Now and during my visit to Washington this week, I hope to convey my deepest condolences to families of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan.
There is a some mild criticism regarding the continuing civilian casualty issue, but overall his message is extremely positive. Karzai is meeting with Obama on the 12th, and is apparently looking for approval for certain peace moves toward elements of the Taliban.

I remain skeptical of Karzai as an ally, but it is definitely nice to hear him at least saying the right things and acting like a friend, instead of an increasingly annoying problem. We'll see what comes of his meeting with Obama.

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