It’s been out of the news for a week or so now…but the US and Afghanistan finally completed negotiations on the continued presence of US troops in Afghanistan past the official end of American participation in hostilities at the end of 2014. I don’t think I need to recap all of the back and forth that went on but here is one small take away from the events.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s administration finally agreed to a pact with the US State Department. Now in a real nation, this type of agreement would probably come before the elected legislative branch that represents the people for approval or rejection. Instead in a reversion from nationhood to full tribal control, President Karzai assembled a loya jirga, or council of elders to weigh in on the security agreement. A council he essentially hand picked and approved. Not an elected body representing the nation but tribal elders.
And they approved the agreement apparently to President Karzai’s chagrin as he has come forward with new demands and an open refusal to sign it… despite the loya jirga meeting all of it’s required tasks.
So Afghanistan is not a nation under a rule of law but tribal politics where the chief elder can throw tantrums and ignore the will of the electeds and the elders. At this point we should pull out all of our forces as quickly and quietly as safely possible.