Hamed Wardak Reacts to President Obama Recent Interview

President Obama recently tried to reassure people on 60 Minutes by explaining his July 2011 deadline for removing American troops from Afghanistan.  Hamed Wardak, however, believes that this move will merely encourage the Taliban and Al Queda.
As the founder and vice chairman of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) and founder of the Committee for U.S.-Afghanistan Partnership, Hamed Wardak certainly has a vested interest in having peace in Afghanistan.  As he explained on HuffingtonPost.com, however, he believes that the Taliban and Al Queda will do everything that they can to prevent peace and from having a legitimate government in Afghanistan.
To create a situation where America and Afghanistan are working together towards peace, Mr. Wardak recommends the following:
“The United States can reassure the Afghan people by entering into bilateral agreements similar to the two signed the end of last year between the U.S. and Iraq. One was the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA), a non-binding agreement with mostly aspirational language, and the other was a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. troops.”

Wardak Envisions New Afghanistan

Hamed Wardak has been critical of the current president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. Wardak believes that Karzai has made, “compromises with the devil” because he has cooperated President of Afhanistan Karzaiwith militia leaders, drug traffickers and Islamist leaders.

Although Wardak does believe that Karzai is a patriot and sincerely wants to do what’s best for Afghanistan, he is not convinced, and disagrees in a fundamental way, with many of the policy decisions Karzai has made.

Wardak explained:

“These policies and bad allies can jeopardize our young democracy. It’s also distressing to our movement that many Americans and Western observers believe that only President Karzai is a bulwark against the Taliban. To us, this is an insult to our country, our long history and our new democracy.”