At first I was angry with Obama for sending more troops to Afghanistan, but after seeing President Hamid Karzai admit his country won't be able to manage itself for another 15 to 20 years, I went ballistic. It didn't help that William Gates joked about it.
Despite Karzai's frightening admission, he also slam dunked the Republican objection "to the setting of a hard deadline for withdrawing troops for fear it would encourage the Taliban to play a waiting game Karzai said the deadline, just 18 months away, is "not a concern for us — it is rather an impetus."
"For Afghans it's good that we are facing a deadline," he said. "We must begin to stand on our own feet. Even if it is with our own meager means — whatever those means may be. And we must begin to defend our own country.
"If we, the Afghan people, cannot defend our country, ourselves, against an aggressor from within or without, then no matter what the rest of the world does with us, it will not produce the desired results," he said during the one-hour interview at the turreted brick palace in the heavily guarded heart of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Republicans say Obama must be willing to delay the start of a pullout if security deteriorates."-AP