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Behind Karzai’s Stubbornness | Foreign Policy in Focus

The United States has invested a dozen years, thousands of lives, and hundreds of billions of dollars to bring about peace and stability in Afghanistan. The question now on the minds of the American people is how long the United States will maintain a footprint in Afghanistan given the difficulties the United States faces on the home front. The Afghan people, who have historically been averse to the presence of foreign troops on their land, are similarly wondering how long their government will allow the presence of U.S. troops in their country. Given the burdens faced by the United States on the home front and the toll the U.S. presence in Afghanistan has taken on the Afghan people, the United States should bite the bullet and completely withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of 2014—or else meet the conditions demanded by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

For more on this story, visit: Behind Karzai’s Stubbornness – FPIF.

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