President Hamid Karzai is in the United States in order to convince President Obama not to leave Afghanistan, although he would like to see the departure of American troops. He is very upset at a recent statement by President Obama that it just might turn out that US and NATO troops are out of his country by 2014. Naeem Lalai, a lawmaker from Kandahar province, warned: “if Americans pull all of their troops without a plan the civil war of the 1990s would repeat itself. Full withdrawal will pave the way for the Taliban to take over militarily.”
The real question is why do so many Afghans prefer the Taliban to the government of Karzai? The answer is clear- Karzai and his comrades in looting the government lack any credibility among Afghans. Obama must insist that technocrats run the government and Karzai and his merry band of looters must retire from politics.