U.S. to Karzai: 'Nuts!'
During World War II's pivotal Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, German forces had encircled the key town of Bastogne. Holding the Belgium town “at all costs” was deemed critical to the Allies defeating Hitler.
The Germans demanded an “honorable surrender.” To which Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, the acting commander of the beleaguered 101st Airborne Division, replied “Nuts!” The weather cleared, air reinforcements arrived, as did Gen. George Patton's ground forces, and Bastogne held.
Barack Obama should be as blunt with Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai.
On Thursday, the Afghan president, corrupt to the core and engaged in consensual intimate relations (he calls them “negotiations”) with the Taliban, molested the American sacrifice to save his country by releasing from prison scores of Taliban terrorists directly linked to the wounding or deaths of nearly three dozen U.S. or coalition forces and another two dozen Afghan security personnel or civilians.
Afghan officials, doing their best impression of Sgt. Hans Schultz, claim to “see nothing”; they categorically reject the clear evidence and might soon release 23 more terrorists.
Once again, the United States is played for the sucker, having sacrificed too much blood and too-generous treasure over more than a decade. Karzai's thanks can be measured in thievery and trolloping with the enemy.
It's past time for Karzai to be left to his own devices. And when the Taliban are on the cusp of returning to power and Karzai or any successor pleads for U.S. help, the answer should be simple, direct and forceful — “Nuts!”