1. An Afghan Okinawa

    The reality is that the U.S.bases will be “Afghan” bases, but housing as many as 20,000 U.S.trainersand Special Ops forces, actually numbering more thanthe U.S. troops currently stationed at the controversialFutenma airbase in Okinawa, Japan, and double the number that will remain there after the troop withdrawal recently (and heatedly)negotiatedwith Japan. 

    Karzai should note how keeping U.S. troops at the Japanese Okinawa base has become so socially and politically unacceptable.

    President Karzai is naturally concerned about his legacy and should therefore consider the possibility that even those Afghans who are now happy with U.S. military dollars will later demand an end to the ‘Afghan Okinawa’ just as the dignified Japanese have. To prevent a fall from grace in the history books, Karzai should alsoreadhow Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama had to resign over the Okinawa row, just 8 months after he had come into power.

    An Afghan opposition party, the National United Front, has already stated that the Strategic Partnership Agreement will be condemned by Afghanistan’s present and future generations.

    The majority of U.S. citizens who want the war in Afghanistan to end will be disappointed that there won’t be a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2014 after all.

    Interesting comparison, and one that I think exemplifies the US military base addiction.