27 Nov '13, 12am

Karzai's maneuvering threatens long-term security agreement with U.S.: The brinkmanship of Afghan Presid... #army

WASHINGTON — The brinkmanship of Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatens to derail a long-term security relationship with the United States, even though such a commitment is in both countries’ interests, analysts say. “Karzai is forcing us toward a zero option, which would be tragedy for the Afghan people,” said Marc Chretien, a former political adviser to the coalition command in Afghanistan, referring to an option to remove all American forces by the end of next year. Without an agreement, Afghanistan would lose military support and international financial commitments. “If President Karzai has set his country down the path of going on its own, he will have succeeded in tying the hands of his successor in terms of having Afghanistan enjoy a future,” Chretien said. Karzai is term-limited and cannot stand for elections scheduled for April. At issue is the so-called bilatera...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20131126/NEWS08/311260030

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