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June 18, 2010

Eugene Robinson: Karzai Doesn't Realize He's "U.S. puppet"

It's so entertaining, watching Obama's die hard supporters search for a drop of sense in the vast sea of doublespeak that is his foreign policy:

In his Capitol Hill testimony this week, Gen. David Petraeus -- the godfather of Obama's 30,000-troop Afghanistan surge -- sought mightily to carve out some wiggle room. "We have to be very careful with timelines," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee. The July 2011 deadline for beginning a troop withdrawal depends on the assumption that "conditions" are favorable, Petraeus said.

But wait a minute. Another way to describe a withdrawal deadline that is based not on the calendar but on an amorphous and elusive set of "conditions" would be to call it an open-ended commitment. This is precisely what Obama said he was not giving to Afghanistan's corrupt, feckless and increasingly unreliable government.

Who is Robinson arguing with here? Petraeus? Or the man who gives Petraeus his marching orders?

Any changes in U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan, when security responsibility starts to transfer to the Afghans in July 2011, will be considered in light of the situation on the ground at that time, President Barack Obama said today in Oslo, Norway.

..."The pace at which that takes place, the slope of a drawdown, how it occurs tactically, those are all going to be conditions-based," the president said.

Having sternly chastised Obama's senior commander for dutifully defending his boss's stated policy before a justifiably skeptical Congress, Mr. Robinson now chides the President of Afghanistan for not knowing his place. You know how "those people" can be. So uppity:

Karzai, who seems not to have gotten the memo on how a U.S. puppet should behave, alternates between grudging cooperation and petulant defiance.

But the piece de resistance is yet to come:

It's not that Afghanistan is some sort of hopeless case. It's just that thinking that a U.S.-led experiment in nation-building -- and that's what we're attempting, even if we call it counterinsurgency -- can impose a whole new organizational template on the place in a year or two, or even 10, is pure fantasy.

So the President's plan is "fantasy"? It's funny - when he was on the campaign trail, Obama repeatedly told us that Afghanistan was the real war - the one we couldn't afford to lose. He promised to send 40,000 more troops and get the job done right.

Which Obama are we to believe, Mr. Robinson? I'm not even sure you know.

Posted by Cassandra at June 18, 2010 09:02 AM

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Wow, that's a special level of crazy.

Posted by: MikeD at June 18, 2010 10:59 AM

After defining terms to suit himself, ignoring reality, and misidentifying the sources of the statements he uses, Master Eugene, with a feckless faith unseen since Wile E. Coyote's unshakable trust that the Acme Parachute Company will finally provide him with a workable product, fearlessly leaps to the conclusion that he is

Posted by: BillT at June 18, 2010 11:14 AM

Robinson's still angry because Bush didn't wave his magic wand and just make it all better.

Posted by: Cousin Dave at June 18, 2010 12:59 PM

Karzai, who seems not to have gotten the memo on how a U.S. puppet should behave, alternates between grudging cooperation and petulant defiance.

Translation: know your place, you uneducated freaks of an inferior brown culture. Bow down to your Demoncrat masters.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 18, 2010 11:42 PM