US and Afghanistan conduct secret negotiations on American presence post-2014
By End the Lie
Today the Guardian reported on secretive meetings conducted between Afghan and American diplomats which could lead to occupying forces having a presence for “decades.”
There also seems to be a great deal of disagreement between those involved in the talks. While they allegedly concur on the “core issues,” some of the most major issues have yet to be resolved.
The Afghan representatives are insistent that there be no parallel decision making process as there now is. Currently Americans essentially are allowed to conduct whatever operations they want, including invading sovereign countries as evidenced by the bin Laden raid which was conducted by SEALs transported via helicopter from an Afghan base.
The Guardian reports that Dr Ashraf Ghani, one of the negotiators and a former presidential candidate, has said that the western forces do not have the prosperity and future of Afghanistan in mind.
He said that the people of Afghanistan want to prosper, a goal which the United States doesn’t seem to find as important as continuing the farcical war on terror.
In reality America is attempting to secure bases that would allow them to have a quick jumping off point to continue the operations in Pakistan and throughout the Middle East. Losing this strategic position would be a large blow for the Anglo-American imperialistic machine.
The Afghan government is vocally opposed to this and the Guardian reported the following strong statement,
“We will never allow Afghan soil to be used [for operations] against a third party,” said Spanta, Afghanistan’s national security adviser.
There would have to be a very large change in dynamic between the United States and Afghanistan in order for this to be achieved. As of now the American military seems to not abide by any international law or convention. This includes the Geneva Conventions as there have been multiple torture deaths in Guantanamo Bay alone.
Spanta wants to see the United States abide by the laws of the country they are operating in, a request that seems so logical that just having to stipulate it seems absurd to me.
However, as we have seen, the military really doesn’t like abiding by any rules. They would much rather go around killing children in the name of the “war on terror.”
These negotiations, and the real possibility of a continued occupation for years to come, are also hindering talks with Taliban leaders. Whatever small progress has been made toward peace will almost assuredly be eliminated by NATO and the United States continuing to occupy and murder the people of Afghanistan.