Thursday, May 3, 2012

US-Afghan pact won't end war - or night raids

By Gareth Porter
Asia Times

"The smoke and mirrors of the American administration's grand agreement with Afghanistan allow the United States president to go into a tight election race on a platform of ending a quagmire unpopular with US voters. But the real story is in fine print showing that the pact will not end the US war in Afghanistan, nor give Afghan leader Hamid Karzai control over night raids hated in Pashtun towns and villages......

Obama had hoped to lure the Taliban leadership into peace talks that would make it easier to sell the idea that he is getting out of Afghanistan while continuing the war. But the Taliban didn't cooperate......"

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