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Take care of your own house first.

Some bluster from Afghan President Karzai:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said his country has the right to send troops into Pakistan to fight Taliban insurgents who launch cross-border attacks. Speaking at a news conference in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Karzai threatened to send the troops after Pakistan-based Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, who vowed in May to send fighters into Afghanistan to wage war on foreign troops.

Tough talk, but considering the Afghan Army currently can’t even stop prison breaks by the Taliban in their own country, I think that Karzai should be worrying about his own country first, rather then threatening to invade someone else’s country.

H/T Jeff

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2 comments to Take care of your own house first.

  • Naturally it would be NATO forces that would be involved, which is why I doubt he made these comments without US-backing. And I suspect no one is really contemplating invasion, but rather raising the rhetoric to get the Pakistanis to take the border issue seriously.

    And as Jason indicated, it’s not as simple as you’d like Scott. It’s going to be impossible to gain normal security in Afghanistan as long as Taliban insurgents can use safe havens in Pakistan where we can’t touch them, and the Pakistan Army can’t be bothered to touch them.

    Karzai is raising a very valid issue.

  • Jason Hickman

    I don’t disagree that the Afghan government needs to clean up their own situation. But surely if insurgents are running to and fro across the border at will, dealing with that (somehow – it won’t be easy) *is* an essential part of getting their house in order, no?

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