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.”