May 13th, 2010
09:42 AM ET
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Karzai to honor U.S. soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan


 Afghan President Hamid Karzai is scheduled to visit Arlington National Cemetery Thursday. In this 2009 file photo, soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, known as ‘The Old Guard,’ conduct military honors during the burial ceremony for a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will speak at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Thursday during what has become a week of playing down tensions between Washington and Kabul.

Earlier in the day, Karzai will travel to Arlington National Cemetery with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to visit the graves of Americans killed while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Karzai expressed thanks this week to the American people for the sacrifices they have made in his country. He has said Afghanistan will remain a dependable partner with the United States and its allies in the global war on terrorism.

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  1. Dano

    That's only fair since US soldiers are the only thing that allow Karzai to project any semblance of power in Afghanistan. Once they leave, and eventually we'll have to bring the soldiers home, his rule will most likely meet with a bloody end.

    May 13, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. gt

    get our boys home now !!!

    May 13, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Erasmus

    Karzai can honor Americans killed in his country by staying far away from Arlington. Maybe cutting down on the graft and corruption in his regime and actually trying to build up his own country, rather than shake down ours, would be a better way of honoring them.

    May 13, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. rita

    Well, I guess they had to do something along these lines to try and prove to the unconvinced American public that Karzai is grateful for what our dead young American soldiers have sacrificed in order for him to steal elections, land in the history books, grow poppy, dismiss the American military's new government in a box strategy, threaten to join the Taliban and give a brother free reign of mafia rule within Afghanistan. He needs to be stripped of his daily fashion statements and adopt a more humble attire to reflect the poverty of the majority of his stolen constituents. This pompous fool should be swiftly removed from these hallowed grounds shortly after he arrives.

    May 13, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. jeff jackson, alabama

    This guy has no business near
    Arlington Cemetery.

    May 13, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Bill

    With the thankless action and the comments that Karzai has made lately about the United States and our presence in his country, we should not let him even near Arlington, much less there to pay "respect".

    We need to pull out of his country and let the Taliban decapitate this idiot.

    May 13, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Sorensen

    Does anybody care what this corrupt con-artist does?

    May 13, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. mike

    Karzi better honor our troops if it wasn't for them he would never be
    where he is at and that country would be in worst shape then ever

    May 13, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Dale

    As usual, extremists are wrong.

    I am not talking about muslims. I am talking about the extremists here in America known as Neo-Cons and Neo-Libs.

    If we walk away from the war in AfPak, we should fully expect a repeat of 9-11 or worse.

    If we bomb everyone in AfPak and kill indiscriminently, we will lose the war and we can expect a repeat of 9-11 or worse.

    The only solution is a careful, methodical elimination of the bad guys. Any civilian casualties will hurt the war effort, since it is really a war for the hearts and minds in AfPak and elsewhere.

    Obama earns my respect every day by doing exactly this– a careful, methodical approach to the war. He makes no extreme comments like "you are either against us or with us" and he makes no moves that create new enemies, like when GWB invaded Iraq. He is also wise enough not to cut and run and hope the terrorists will be good on their own.

    Thank you Mr. President.

    May 13, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |