Advice from the Saudis on Afghanistan
In this morning’s Washington Post Prince Turki al-Faisal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, former director general of their intelligence service and also their former ambassador to the United States offers President Obama some advice on how to proceed in Afghanistan with which I find I am in almost complete agreement. His advice consists of six action items:
- There is no viable opposition to Karzai in Afghanistan. He is a fact. Deal with it.
- Concentrate on fighting foreign terrorists and build bridges with the Taliban.
- Fix the Durand Line.
- Meet with the security and intelligence departments of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, China, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to devise ways of eliminating Al Qaeda’s leadership. Nobody has more on the line than the Saudis in that battle and Russia and China are at greater risk than we are from them.
- Exert influence to induce Pakistan and India to resolve the matter of Kashmir.
- Use measures similar to those used in Turkey (in which the U. S. bought the entire crop directly from farmers, something I’ve been suggesting, and allowed them to plant alternative crops).
Read the whole thing. I’m hoping that John Burgess will weigh in on this. John, are you there?