COMMENTARY | Before everyone celebrates the impending pullout of American troops from Afghanistan, remember that it doesn't mean the war is over. U.S. involvement is supposed to be one small part of the war on terror. So how can President Barack Obama say the war is going to be over?
According to Fox News, President Obama said at the NATO summit that the Afghan war will be over as of the end of 2014. While some might be celebrating, remember the people the U.S. is fighting will have more resolve to launch brazen attacks. With the end in sight, they have nothing left to lose.
It's sad, but the war will never truly be over. Not as long as the U.S. has anything to do with military operations in Afghanistan. According to McClatchy Newspapers, the U.S. is pledging more than $2 billion in aid to Afghanistan. The reason is the Afghan government doesn't have the money to pay troops necessary for the country's security. If American money is going to be essentially funding that country's military, there's no way the U.S. will not want to have some kind of say in how its money is spent.
If the U.S. is footing the bill for the Afghan military, why is President Hamid Karzai being so hard-nosed about what American delegates he lets into the country? According to CNN, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has been pushing for the Afghans to have a less centralized government.
Karzai is none too pleased and is refusing to allow him passage into Afghanistan due to his "lack of respect." If I were to be getting billions of dollars in aid for the security of my country, I would likely look at any suggestion to improve things a little better than that.
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