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U.S. Has ‘Nothing To Apologize’ To Afghanistan For: Power

U.S. Has ‘Nothing To Apologize’ To Afghanistan For: Power

New York City (AFP) – Washington’s U.N. representative Samantha Power said Thursday Afghanistan is owed no apology for U.S. actions in the country since the overthrow of the Taliban 12 years ago.

“We have nothing to apologize for. Our soldiers have sacrificed a great deal,” Power told CNN, as Washington hammered out the details of a new security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States.

The issue of whether or not the United State would offer an apology for mistakes made during the Afghan conflict had emerged as a possible sticking point in the final stages of long drawn out negotiations with Kabul.

A draft text of the agreement released Wednesday by Kabul said U.S. forces remaining in Afghanistan after combat troops are withdrawn next year would be subject to American justice rather than local courts.

Power said the accord shows the strength of bilateral relations, and lays a strong foundation for future cooperation.

“What we’re seeking to do is to secure an agreement that enables us to continue to work together beyond the end of the combat role in Afghanistan,” Power said.

“Proof of how we’re getting along is how much they want us to stay and continue to assist in the train/equipment/assist role,” she said.

She added that a letter sent on Wednesday from President Barack Obama to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, saying he was “pleased” with the agreement, and calling it a “strong agreement for both our countries” underscores those solid ties.

“I think what the letter does, is (it)tries to offer the reassurance that the United States in whatever role it stays in — and we’re negotiating that, of course, training, equipping, assisting on counterterrorism — will respect the rights and the privacy of the Afghan people. That’s something that mattered to Karzai,” Power said.

Power added: “We, of course always respect the Afghan people and try to avoid civilian casualties and have done that from the time we’ve been there.”

AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

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  • infadelicious

    Don’t worry obozo will apologize . That’s one thing he is good at, unless it’s apologizing to Americans……

    • Sand_Cat

      You really are an ass, aren’t you?

      • infadelicious

        Your opinions are valuable and interesting Said no one EVER

    • omgamike

      Infa, it warms my heart to see how good you are getting at bending forward at the waist. But aren’t your pants supposed to be down?

      • infadelicious

        Sorry! you’ve mistaken me for someone who wants to read blathering comments from barely literate shaved apes. Laters

  • Sand_Cat

    GREAT! Maybe if we refuse to apologize, they’ll refuse to “let” us stay!

  • charleo1

    I don’t see staying as a winner politically for Obama. I think the mood of Americans
    is, let’s bring our people home, and concentrate on fixing our own serious domestic
    challenges. And, that is a very compelling policy. The problem is, the U.S. now makes
    up about half the entire Afghan economy. Then, there’s the security forces we trained, and equipped, is the equivalent of handing a homeless person a Lambroghini, along
    with the payment book. And saying enjoy! Just don’t miss any payments, and it’s
    yours! The chances of a return of the Taliban within a year of a complete pullout,
    is almost a certainty. Plus, the war in Afghanistan, has been mostly about a nuclear
    Pakistan, almost from the beginning. The thing that keeps our National Security
    people up ay night, is a coup of the fragile Pakistani Government. Just a few years
    ago, the Taliban army in the Swat Valley, came with 15 miles of a nuclear site.
    Pakistani officials assured us, the weapons were never in danger of being captured.
    But I actually believe we have contingency plans in regards to this very real threat.
    Don’t know of course, but Afghanistan, and logistics could play a vital role.

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