This is why you don’t want someone who doesn’t like your country very much negotiating on its behalf:
President Barack Obama has promised not to attack Pakistan-based al-Qaida leaders or fighters from bases inside Afghanistan.
The surprising commitment effectively bars Obama and his successors from launching another nighttime helicopter raid like the one that that killed Osama bin Laden. That raid has proven to be Obama’s primary foreign-policy success because it killed bin Laden, scooped up much intelligence data and shocked Pakistan.
Obama’s commitment will also end the use of secretive drone-attacks from Afghanistan. Those attacks have killed hundreds of al-Qaida leaders since the mid-2000s. They’ve also been very popular with U.S voters, and usually have had tacit Pakistan approval.
The unadvertised provision is buried in the deal that Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Obama signed with much campaign-style fanfare May 1 in Kabul. It could provide a legal shield for Pakistani-based al-Qaida’s leaders, front-line fighters, terrorism-planners, allied terror-leaders, funders, terror bases and terror training-grounds.
Of the 1,844 American troops that had been killed in Afghanistan as of May 1, at least 1,275 died under Obama’s watch. That is, more than twice as many US soldiers have died in Afghanistan since Obama took office than in the 6 1/2 years of war under Bush. Obama has never been comfortable with the concept of victory and is willing to throw away hard-won advantages against Islamic terrorists, so it is fair to ask, what did these people die for?
Since they can’t be used to fight Al Qaeda in its Pakistani stronghold, maybe Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will redeploy the remaining troops to the North Pole to combat the alleged national security threat of global warming.
On tips from Marci, Bob Roberts, SR, and Conan.