"For much of his second term, Karzai has been consistent in his belief that American troops are creating more problems than solutions in the war against the Taliban. The latest outrages — the viral video that apparently depicts Marines desecrating corpses, the burning of Korans by U.S. service members, the civilian casualties in Kandahar province — have reinforced his argument that the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy is counterproductive. His demand that NATO forces stay out of Afghan villages and withdraw onto large bases follows a litany of earlier orders: the cessation of NATO airstrikes, Special Operations night raids and home searches; the abolishment of private security companies, NATO’s provincial reconstruction teams and American-run prisons." Partlow
When Karzai says that the COIN strategy that BHO adopted is counterproductive, he is correct. The US is driving itself out of Afghanistan. It is doing that by trying to replace the native cultures of Afghans with a foreign concoction that is imagined by the COINistas to be "modern" and representative of inevitable social evolutionon the part of the Afghans. There is a "small" problem with this concept. Most Afghans do not accept the idea, Look at the pictures of Afghans burning the cross in Kandahar. Do you think this is an empty gesture? No. They are rejecting the West in the most visible way that they can manage.
Karzai knows that the Afghan peoples can not be "transformed" in the way that the COIN freaks think they can be. He seeks a middle way that will allow the US to continue CT operations in that country.
Perhaps that is still possible. Perhaps. We have done so much damage to that possibility that I doubt it can still be done. pl