December 6th, 2009
11:05 AM ET
9 months ago

Karzai: U.S. must have patience if Afghanistan not ready

(CNN) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday the United States and its allies must have patience if his country is not ready to assume control of its own security by July 2011, when U.S. troops would begin leaving under President Obama's plan.

Karzai spoke to CNN's "Amanpour" program, in what was believed to be his first Western television interview since Obama's announcement last week that he will deploy an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Obama also said the U.S. forces would begin withdrawing from Afghanistan in July 2011.

The date was not "an exit announcement," but instead a goal for Afghan forces to be able to start assuming security control from U.S.-led allied forces, Karzai said in the interview.

The United States and its allies "must have patience" and "stay with us" if Afghanistan is not ready to assume security control by then, Karzai said.

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  1. No more war

    It must be made clear to Karzai that the USA is not a bottomless pit of endless resources. Health care must come first. Put it this way:

    The chances of an individual American hurt in a terrorist attack : virtually nil.
    The chancesof an individual American needing the Health Care system (if one should ever evolve) : pretty high.

    Unless of course this is all about a pipeline...

    December 6, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Sorry Ace, we are out of patience after 8 years, time for your citizens to stand or fall on their own.

    You have 18 months, use them wisely!

    December 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    No more war December 6th, 2009 11:34 am ET

    It must be made clear to Karzai that the USA is not a bottomless pit of endless resources. Health care must come first. Put it this way:

    The chances of an individual American hurt in a terrorist attack : virtually nil.
    The chancesof an individual American needing the Health Care system (if one should ever evolve) : pretty high.

    Unless of course this is all about a pipeline...
    ***************************************************
    Did you miss this recent comment from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano?

    "Home-based terrorists are currently inside the United States and are looking to strike targets here and abroad, the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said in a speech last night. Home-based terrorism is here. And like violent extremism abroad, it is now part of the threat picture that we must confront,” Napolitano told the America-Israel Friendship League in New York City, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release."

    December 6, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Mike Dallas

    The republiklans and Karzai can agree, an endless war where America pays both the financial price and the price in lost American lives.

    Cons, do not want a timeline, so they can keep making money of the deaths of America's young people.

    December 6, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. No more war

    Fitz in Texas:
    'Home-based terrorists are currently inside the United States'.

    So, what is the point in spending billions in Afghanistan to fight terrorism ?

    December 6, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. ATL Guy

    The previous dithering administration gave you guys 8 yrs to get your act together. No more dithering. You have an end date, now get to work because when that date comes, we're out of here.

    December 6, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Joe

    Patience. Patience for what?. Afghanistan wasn't ready for the last 1000 years, and its not going to be ready for another 1000 years. Half of the streets in Afghanistan are not even paved yet, and as far as Karsai is concerned, we might be there forever. And as far their economy, it is based on the opium sales, unless you call an Afghan rug an export commodity. We have no business been over there. We are not going to improve the country, neither the country going to improve itself. It is a no win situation.

    December 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Patsy, Texas

    To Karzai:
    You want to be President? ACT LIKE ONE!
    You want our troops? HELP PROTECT THEM!
    You want our money? EARN IT!
    You want my advice? SAVE YOUR LECTURES FOR YOUR
    CORRUPT BUDDIES
    Thank you.

    December 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Fitz in Texas

    No more war December 6th, 2009 12:26 pm ET

    Fitz in Texas:
    'Home-based terrorists are currently inside the United States'.

    So, what is the point in spending billions in Afghanistan to fight terrorism ?
    **********************************
    Perhaps that a question you should be asking Obama or Napolitano.

    December 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. marlene

    I think what the Afghan President meant to say was the US needs to "stay with us" so we can steal BILLIONS more US dollars. 18 months is more than the US credit card companies give their customers, why should Afghanistan deserve more? Marlene in Mich

    December 6, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    we are going to motivate karzai and help him get the bad people out and chase them to the ocean and into the holy water so they can meet with there leaders. and then the world will be abetter place for not only womens rights but human rights against slavery of the sex's . little men always need power over women . history shows most wars are fought over women. and greed . time to put A stop to both.. and help educate the world into common sense. and everyone can beleive in what ever GOD they want to but don't push your beleifs onto each other .. freedom world wide . oh and maybe beef up security on all the ships that keep getting taken by Pirates .. most of the money goes right into the bad pockets of terrorists. so stop the pipe line of money and the problem with fizzle out and the support for these little minded idiots will go away just like sarah Palin .. no more press and she goes away . same thing :)

    December 6, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    When I was raising my kids they knew what time to be ready to go to school. They were always told that if they were late they would get left. At 14 years of age, my daughter decided to test the time frame to see how long I would wait past the departure time. She lost and had to use her allowance for cab fare to school and was late. It only happened one time.

    President Karzai and the Afghanstan people have been told what time we will be leaving for school. If they miss the bus they will have to find another way and pay the price for not listening.

    December 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Harold

    Is Karzai the most ineffective president ever in the face of the earth (except for Bush)?

    December 6, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Sandra, Atlanta

    What we don't have patience with Karzai is your corruption.

    December 6, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Former Republican now proud Dem! Obama 2 Termer!

    well the strap on your boots and start working intensely with America....you buddy are hanging by a thread!

    December 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Karzai prefers Bush's plan, keep paying him money an don't leave until he says so. Karzai has no plan to secure his own country because he himself lacks leadership due to his corrupt so called government. It would serve our country well to follow our own President's plan and withdraw.

    December 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Windy Vincent

    To this great nation i love and respect but tend not to understand others cultural and historical heritage.It's with great sadness seeing this country fade away because of republicanization idealogies of we must win at all cost.What's really complex about knowing you can't win in a place were you are not needed...Do america understand that your weapons alone can't win war anymore,build your economy and image because your success as a nation gives me hope here in africa.

    December 6, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Annie, Atlanta

    This is the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too. When, Mr. Karzai, will you be ready? Ever? No, I didn't think so. I wouldn't give up a gig like this either.

    December 6, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Beverly in NC

    This is proof Karzai cannot be trusted and will try to keep America in his country as long as possible to protect his corrupt government and spend American dollars to nation build his desperately poor country.

    We need to stick to President Obama's timetable and mission – to cripple terrorist resources, encourage and support Pakistan to rid their nation of terrorist groups, and then bring our troops home.

    We need to find the best way to end this Bush war of endless failure and use all this wasted money to invest in America and our own People. We need to raise up our own People and take down the Republican war machine and worship of greedy and amoral corporations and industies like insurance companies who destroy American lives for profit.

    President Obama has made the best choice available to him and we should stand behind him and work to get ourselves out of this of many Republican disasters.

    December 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. SC-"Gotcha Question"

    Karzai,

    After eight years, way too many American lives, billions of dollars and a fraud Afgan election (that elected you and re-elected you).... We are running out of patience!

    December 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. To mr. Karzai....

    It's about time that Afghan stands it's own feet.....

    December 6, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. JonDie

    Karzai is a LOST cause, as corrupt as he is incompetent. It is irresponsible to NOT be thinking about leaving Afghanistan. We can fight the Taliban better from outside Afghanistan than from inside.

    December 6, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Carnell From The Motor City!

    Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Had Better Start Understanding That He Doesn't Make The Rules On His Terms Anymore. President Karzai Will Get With President Obamas Program Or Else.

    December 6, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Arden Muller

    If this nut thinks that we are going to base our time line for leaving on his clock he really is nuts. All the more reason to keep a time line and karzi on a chain. We have suffered enough already..

    December 6, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Pragmatic

    Then get off the camel's hump and get ready!

    December 6, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |