Karzai Doesn't Think US Can Win
Afghan leader doubts West will defeat the Taliban
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Jun 12, 2010 7:30 AM CDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai listens to a question during a joint press conference with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron in Kabul Thursday.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

(Newser) – This doesn't bode well for the mission in Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai doubts that the US and NATO can defeat the Taliban, reports Dexter Filkins of the New York Times. While the West is pressing ahead with its military push against insurgents, Karzai is reportedly reaching out to the Taliban in secret negotiations. Karzai, who thinks the US undermined his authority by challenging his election victory last summer, also is trying to strike a deal with Pakistan.

“The president has lost his confidence in the capability of either the coalition or his own government to protect this country,” says the former director of Afghan's intelligence service. “President Karzai has never announced that NATO will lose, but the way that he does not proudly own the campaign shows that he doesn’t trust it is working.”

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1704212
Jun 13, 2010 9:42 PM CDT
Then what the hell are we still doing in that freakin back water crap hole.
1704212
Jun 13, 2010 9:35 PM CDT
In that case, what the hell are we doing in that freakin back water crap hole.
JoeQ
Jun 13, 2010 2:28 PM CDT
Toppling the Taliban was a very good thing. They are truly nuts. But eliminating them is a whole 'nother thing. After a certain point it is like trying to kill the very last cockroach - an impossible task. We should not be risking American lives on so hopeless a task. The Russian failed at it and they are right next door. It is a good thing if Karzai is planning for his political life after America and NATO go home. If we stay friends with him and his moderate allies we can come back as often as we want when the cockroaches get too thick.