America entered Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban, and now, as the American forces are planning to leave Afghanistan, the Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Barack Obama have met again. The last time they faced each other was in a video conference on September 21, when Obama was busy in election campaigns and Karzai was looking for an answer for the future commitment of America in Afghanistan.
On Friday, the two leaders met at the White House to discuss how America will plan its exit or if it will stay in Afghanistan. Obama has held his stance again and has made it clear that they will look to an option of removing American troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Obama is stern about the time limits for the American army in Afghanistan and it differs from what his military commander in Afghanistan recommended. The scenario shows that Obama wants complete removal of U.S. Forces regardless of the internal financial and political pressure.
Obama has asked his advisers, “Is such a force necessary to carry out the narrow counter-terrorism objective and training mission the United States envisions for postwar Afghanistan?”
Karzai, on the other hand, met the defense secretory Leon E. Panetta and has completely different expectations according to Afghan officials. Karzai was not too clear about the actual number of American Forces in Afghanistan, but he wants America to supply the Afghan Army with the latest fighting gadgets including tanks and fighter planes.
As the expectations are different, the analysts said that this could lead to a disagreeing relationship between the two Presidents, as the killings of Afghan inhabitants and issues of corruption are against the Afghan sovereignty.
Mr. Vali Nasr, a former senior state department official who has worked in Pakistan and Afghanistan said, “If you’re Karzai, you’re basically now facing the same calculation that Maliki did in Iraq.” He was referring to Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister. “If you’re not willing to stay in large numbers, why do I need you?”
There is a fraction of distrust at both the sides, as America thinks Karzai is an unreliable partner and contrary to that, Karzai believes that America will plan their stay and use Afghanistan according to their own needs.
Karzai thinks America has to plan its stay in Afghanistan according to the requirements after 2014, to control Al-Qaeda and to keep Pakistan and Iran at bay. The Afghans have complains against America, as they continue to prison Afghans in Bagram Air base, which was supposed to be handed over to Afghanistan in September.