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Posted by The Agonist on May 6th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Jim Hruska is decidedly underwhelmed by the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United States of America:

Without the advice and consent of the Senate, Mr. Obama and Mr. Karzai’s partnership lacks even the heft of a Civil Union, and is therefore not worth the paper on which it is written. Where are the references to the imperative for a Senate vote? The lack of discussion suggests that the United States has something to gain from this “agreement”, which make Afghanistan into a major non-NATO ally.”

Which suggests the question: How can the 3rd poorest and most corrupt nation in the world, with a Gross National Product of $16 billion, morph into a major ally? Exactly what does “security and defense cooperation”actually translate into in definable parameters? How did the security and defense of Afghanistan become a strategic objective of U.S.policy? Why would we even care?

[Insert requisite noun, verb, & 9/11 here.]

Related: Ex-State Dept spokesperson PJ Crowley: “The strategic partnership agreement makes sense from a policy standpoint…but the odds of success are no better than 50-50.”

Update: JPD, in comments, outlines the 2nd rule of holes:

Ask yourself one simple question: When you’re going to wallpaper over the hole in the wall and leave, what’s more credible in helping deny the existence of the hole? Cheap wallpaper, or expensive wallpaper?

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