We have collectively experienced that moment of clarity where we understand fully that the US is not at all involved in an alleged "war on terror"; we are involved in a war against people who are either cursed by living over resources the US government considers theirs, or on transit routes to and from resources the US government considers theirs, as is the case in Afghanistan.
I would like to point out that, nearly 9 years on, the US military is no closer to "pacifying" Afghanistan to the point
where the oil pipelines can be installed with which to control
Eurasian oil than we were at the beginning of the process.
Karzai is talking reconciliation with the Taliban as the only way forward here, and (thug that he is) he has the intelligence to understand that. The Taliban want the US and NATO out of Afghanistan immediately.
This means that the US and NATO will most likely need to withdraw from Afghanistan far sooner than they want to; and for all the blood and money spent,
GUARDING AND STACKING THE OPIUM---these girls would fix their ass!!!!
the US is no closer to the installation of those pipelines than was the Bush administration in August of 2001, when it was negotiating with the Taliban for the pipeline rights.
Our brave young men and women who have fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying in Afghanistan, have not been fighting for the security of the United States: they have been fighting, getting maimed, and dying for the potential private profit coming from drugs and oil.