For the U.S. and its NATO allies, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been a frustrating friend. His calling for the withdrawal of the foreign troops that are fighting to preserve his government and saying on one occasion that he might join the Taliban are indefensible.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan today and said he has no intention of meeting with President Hamid Karzai, who has resisted signing a security agreement to extend the U.S.’s military presence past 2014.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s expanding list of demands before he’ll sign an agreement for U.S. forces to stay in his country is testing the Obama administration’s patience and risking blunders by each side.
The U.S. expects to conclude a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan and overcome Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s refusal so far to sign the pact, according to an Obama administration official.