And Obama had the nerve to strut around Ka-bull declaring victory. President Humiliation. And now even the State Department is having to reconsider plans to build a consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif as a sign of our "long-term commitment to Afghanistan."
An Afghan soldier killed one US marine and wounded another before being shot to death in return fire in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of attacks against foreigners blamed on government forces within their own ranks.
Nearly 20 such attacks this year have raised the level of mistrust between the US-led coalition and their Afghan partners as Nato gears up to hand over security to local forces ahead of a 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of combat troops.
In another sign of deteriorating security, the United States is considering abandoning plans for a consulate in the country's north because the building chosen was deemed too dangerous to occupy. The US spent $80 million on the project despite glaring security deficiencies in the former hotel, according to a copy of a document drafted by the US Embassy in Kabul.
Those problems – including shoddy construction that would lead to a "catastrophic failure" of the building in a car-bomb attack – were overlooked and waivers to strict State Department building rules were granted as officials rushed to open the consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif as a sign of America's long-term commitment to Afghanistan, the diplomatic memo shows.
While Mazar-i-Sharif was considered relatively safe when the project was approved in 2009, the memo said, a number of incidents in the city indicate that is no longer the case, including an attack last April on a nearby United Nations compound in which a mob stormed the facility and killed seven foreigners – three workers and their guards.
Winning over the ethnic Tajik and Uzbek minorities who dominate the north, was one of the reasons the US wanted a consulate there. But the site picked was doomed from the start, the embassy documents show.