In return, of course, we give more than we get. They want to tie our hands even more than they already have thus making it easier for our soldiers to err. As usual it's a bad deal at best.
In our infinite wisdom, however, we've decided to give the Afghan security forces much needed helicopters. Note I said give. At a time when our country could sorely use the revenue from selling them, but then the Afghans have privatized the aid we've given them so they have no money. Perhaps that's not all bad. At least our people will build them. What? No? We're buying them from the Russians? We're buying Russian helicopters to give to the Afghans because they are superior to ours.
Well, open the door and come right in. Those helicopters are going to have to be maintained. That means Russians will send their techs giving them a new foothold in the country. What are we thinking? We know Russia is trying to get a strangle hold on the Mideast. They already have it in Syria. We know they are friends with Iran and now they will have carte blanche in Afghanistan.
And speaking of Iran, Karzai has agreed on a "cooperation pact" with them. It is to entail long term political security, economic and cultural cooperation and regional peace security. Who better than the Russian backed Iranians?
Our Secretary of Defense tried to allay fears by promising to beef up security measures in non-complicit nations and it was of course considered a threat. A state of mistrust promulgated by Israel, Iran's arch enemy.
Let's ice the cake. It has also been reported that prosecutions for crimes against women has slowed to a crawl, not that it ever really got going.
Dogwalk's solution? Pull all our military out! Let the Russians sell their copters directly to Karzai. If he can't afford them perhaps Iran will lend him the money since they are doing better now that their sanctions have been eased.
Of course, now that Mr. Putin has dissolved state media in Russia it may take some time for how this all works out to reach us. Not that it matters. The President wants no part of it because a speech to a captive audience can't fix it.
That's the way things are now. I understand that. But please, Mr. President, do the right thing and bring all our personnel home. If you don't they'll be sitting ducks. I'm willing to wager the boys from Duck Dynasty would even give you some tips on how to call them home. It makes no less sense than any other part of our foreign policy!