This, according to the agreement posted online this week by the Afghan foreign ministry, is the essence of the pact. (That’s why I’m betting the loya jirga votes aye.)
The U.S. State Department calls this online document a “draft,” but given that deliberations are underway in Kabul, it seems logical to presume that this same “draft” is now under loya jirga consideration.
It comes down to who is in command, and, according to the draft agreement, it’s not the U.S.
For one thing, U.S. forces can’t conduct combat operations in Afghanistan without Afghan approval.
For another, U.S. forces can’t conduct counterterrorism operations, even against al-Qaida-brand terrorists, without Afghan approval.
There is simply no long-term American interest that can be served if command is not in American hands.
So what is this agreement all about? “Advising, training, equipping, supporting, sustaining” Afghanistan’s hopelessly untutorable armies and police in every conceivable area -- in other words, propping up a hostile, corrupt sharia state where see-no-Islam policies and counterinsurgency strategy long ago failed to achieve utopian goals of “nation-building.”
The Obama strategy, if one can call it that, seems more calculated to cover up that colossal Bush-Obama policy failure than to advance American interests.
For years, I have believed that there are no American interests in Afghanistan, certainly not any that are advanced by a standing military presence.
The situation is even worse under an agreement that subordinates American actions to Afghan approval.
Under this draft agreement, even when Afghans deem joint action “appropriate,” it must include “full respect for Afghan sovereignty and full regard for the safety and security of the Afghan people, including in their homes.”
In other words, the draft agreement is a blueprint for making an Afghan’s home the Taliban’s castle -- the guaranteed safe haven against U.S. counterterrorist actions, a place where the rules of engagement will continue to incur undue risk for U.S. servicemen, and serve enemy ends.