The Pentagon has announced that a high profile visit by a number of Afghan cabinet members, including the Defense and Interior Ministers, has been cancelled over the growing unrest and massive anti-NATO protests in the country.
The cancellation reflects the enormous decline in US relations with the Afghan government after last week’s Quran burning at the US military base in Bagram. The burnings have caused major protests and attacks on NATO targets nationwide.
Meanwhile, speaking about the rising anti-US sentiment in the Afghanistan, retired Gen. Jack Keane says that the Afghan civilians’ desire for respect is “what is driving this” and that the Taliban and other opposition factions are exploiting the incident to their own ends.
Other than a controversial and fiercely debated “apology,” the administration has done virtually nothing in response to the unrest. Ambassador Ryan Crocker warned against making any policy changes in the face of the protests, saying that the US should “let things calm down” and “get on with business.”
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