Obama, Karzai Agree On 10 years of Aid, New Definition of “Partnership”

Obama and Karzai sign partnership agreementAdding more fuel to the pearl-clutching GOP
shock that a politician is using the things that happened while he
was in office for political gain, President Barack Obama surfaced
this afternoon in Afghanistan to announce what the
Washington Post is calling
“a strategic partnership
agreement” with President Hamid Karzai.

Today, as you might have heard, is the anniversary of the death
(execution?) of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs in 2011 in Pakistan.
Obama quietly jetted out to the Bagram air base north of Kabul to
meet with Karzai and sign a 10-year agreement describing how the
U.S. will continue to provide assistance to the nation even though
most NATO troops are scheduled to leave the country by 2014.

CBS reports
the U.S. will continue to provide aid, advisors and
support as part of the agreement, which is amusingly being referred
to by the administration as a “partnership.” (Perhaps in exchange
we’ll get a discount on opium?)

President Obama is scheduled to give a speech at 7:30 p.m. EST,
in which he’s unlikely to give any significant details of the
content of the agreement. We can probably expect Obama’s
version of a “Mission Accomplished” speech, even as the Pentagon

reports
today Afghanistan is a mixed bag of successes and
problems.

For those interested in following the White House’s doomed
effort to keep the president’s travels under wraps in the age of
social media, Zeke Miller at BuzzFeed
documents
how the administration clamped down on media outlets
who had gotten wind of the trip.

Update: Here’s the video of the whole
speech.

You can read the rest of this article at: http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/01/obama-karzai-agree-on-10-years-of-aid-ne

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