May 15th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
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Analysis: U.S.-Afghan relationship remains fragile

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai was is in Washington Tuesday meeting with members of the Obama administration. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Editor's note: Since becoming State Department producer in 2000, Elise Labott has covered four secretaries of state and reported from more than 50 countries. Before joining CNN, she covered the United Nations. Follow her on Twitter at @eliselabottcnn

Washington (CNN) - On the surface, President Hamid Karzai's whirlwind visit to Washington was all about atmospherics.

The effusively warm words for the Afghan president - coupled with lunch at the White House, dinner at the vice president's residence and a reception at the State Department - were all meant to show that after months of tension between Karzai and President Obama over Karzai's anti-Western comments and U.S. complaints he wasn't doing enough to address corruption within his government, the United States and Afghanistan were back to being friends.

But the warm embrace of Karzai was also part of a campaign to assure him and his government that the United States will not abandon Afghanistan, even after it begins to withdraw its troops next summer.
For his part, Karzai sought to reverse the perception he was insensitive to the sacrifices of the U.S. military. He stopped at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit wounded troops and paid tribute to fallen U.S. soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

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  1. independent

    We should all pray for God's intervention today in our daily lives.

    The President's private prayer at the Wailing Wall, thoughtlessly made public by a rabbinical student at the time, should give us hope. The President asked God for protection for his family, wisdom, and to "Make me a tool in your service."

    This was the President's private pray to God. Our prayers should be similar.

    May 15, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. phoenix86

    Why should the Afgan government trust the Obama adminstration, whose only consistent foreign policy has been to turn against US allies and appease its enemies?

    May 15, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Gil

    Of course it is fragile as daily we read about US and NATO forces killing civilians and only reply with, "We are sorry!" We are turning the whole country against us and the Taliban Freedom fighters that have been trying to rid their country of foreign occupation for over 130 yers grow stronger.
    With Karzi and his corrupt government as the one we support I can see similarities between Afghanistan and Vietnam. Let's hope we don't sacrifice 58,000 live for nothing like we did for defeat in Vietnam!

    May 15, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |