Who knows, maybe he is an obstinate saboteur. But his stated reasons
for thwarting a security deal in the lead up to the scheduled 2014
drawdown are substantive.
I’ve written before about how ironic it is that the sticking point on a SOFA is whether
U.S. troops will be granted legal immunity from Afghan law, since it
kind of implies expectations on both sides that U.S. soldiers will
continue to commit crimes. And yes, the security deal does hinge on this
question of legal jurisdiction, but there is a more literal reason to stall the agreement.
This ably reported piece in the Los Angeles Times puts Karzai’s reluctance to sign a deal in the context of continued civilian casualties caused by U.S. troops.
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