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Hope he can survive it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world....0000205

But then sooner than later he won't be "foreigner's" issue will he?
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The transition is going to be ugly, and Karzai's hold on power hangs by a thread.  He has no good choices.  Even a diplomatic solution will likely be the end of him.
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Probably for public consumption as his power is tenuous, but it also could be a roundabout way to get the US to give Afghanistan itself more aircraft and heavy artillery. áThe way those people negotiate. áHis wish-list for advanced aircraft and heavy artillery was recently refused, so if the Allied aircraft cannot provide support, then the Allies have to give him the aircraft...

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Relations with Pakistan would surely hit a new low if we gave Karzai any serious aircraft.  I'm not sure he would know what to do with them if he had them, but even the possibility of his actually using them in any capacity probably makes a lot of people nervous.
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As a sovereign nation Afghanistan does get to choose, but this isn't the people on the ground having a say it's the politician's who are very far from the gunfire which is unfortunate but the reality most places.


Though he emphasized "foreigners" I'd expect that ban would be for any air support on residential areas.
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Though he emphasized "foreigners" I'd expect that ban would be for any air support on residential areas.

Probably so.  I'd like to hear his strategy for the next phase.
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