Speaking today on CNN’s State of the Union, US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker warned against making any policy changes regarding the occupation of Afghanistan, saying that the massive unrest and anti-US protests meant this is “not the time to decide” on policy.
Instead, Crocker insisted, the US should simply wait the Afghans out. “I think we need to let things calm down, return to a more normal atmosphere, and then get on with business,” Crocker added.
The protests have grown in intensity since Monday, when the US military was caught burning copies of the Quran at the Bagram Air Base. Many of the protests have turned violent, and a number of Afghans, as well as two US soldiers, have been killed.
So far indications are that the Obama Administration is following this policy of waiting for the occupation to get back to normal. Other than an offering of an extremely tepid apology, which administration officials insist was made only after intense debate, no real change has been made. Crocker insisted that the Quran burnings are “under investigation,” though exactly why is unclear, since military officials have already conceded that it took place.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Saudis Demolish Historic Shi'ite Neighborhood, Sparking Unrest - June 27th, 2017
- Turkey, Kurdish Forces Trade Fire in North Syria's Afrin District - June 27th, 2017
- Mattis: US Will Keep Arming Syrian Kurds After Raqqa Falls - June 27th, 2017
- Russia: US Warning to Syria Is Unacceptable - June 27th, 2017
- Saudi Arabia Insists Qatar Demands Are 'Non-Negotiable' - June 27th, 2017