Afghanistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Weighs in Against Withdrawal Timeline
10:05 AM, Jul 5, 2010 • By BILL ROGGIO
Said Jawad, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the U.S., has publicly come out against the July 2011 timeline to begin withdrawing forces from the war-torn country. Jawad's arguments against the timeline -- it sends all of the wrong messages to the Afghan people, the Taliban, and regional actors -- is not new. But as the Wall Street Journal notes in its report on Jawad's statement, it is the first time a senior Afghan official has weighed in against the withdrawal timeline:
It will be interesting to see if President Obama will explicitly back down from his commitment to keeping the timeline. Obama, in what ABC News described as a part of a "show of frustration about when he will end the unpopular war in Afghanistan," appeared to start backtracking on the timeline. But he still hasn't officially retreated from the position, despite what appears to be some pushback from General David Petraeus. ABC notes that Obama's real policy "falls somewhere in the middle, thereby pleasing few." Perhaps except the Taliban, and Pakistan, whose hand is strengthened by a weak neighbor.