President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke together one day ahead of a three-way meeting with Pakistan's President, Pervez Musharraf, whom Karzai says must do more to close extremist schools that teach terror.
Bush said Taliban and Al Qaeda remnants are trying to shut down Karzai's government because they see a threat from democratic institutions. Bush said Afghan forces are working with soldiers from dozens of nations under the NATO banner to make sure that the Taliban can't regroup.
"We've adjusted tactics and we're on the offense to meet the threat and defeat the threat," Bush said in a press conference with the Afghan leader.
"Our country will stand with the free people of Afghanistan," Bush added. "I know there are some in your country who question whether or not America has the will to do the necessary work to help you succeed. We've got that will." Read more.
If you were president, what would you do to help President Karzai defeat the Taliban?
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"I would get out of Iraq and put most of my troops in Afghanistan." — Barry (Irvine, CA)
"I would start targeting the poppy fields. The loss of income would increase pressure on the people to get the Taliban and Al Qaeda out as quickly as possible. Then, provide the Afghan people with air and military support, and let them police their own country." — Anonymous
"In order to help President Karzai defeat the Taliban, we should continue militarily exactly what we have been doing. We should also level the terrorist schools and the poppy fields, and then convert them to growing some good, expensive crop that has a high value on the open market." — Joy (Horseheads, NY)
"Solving the problem in Afghanistan is going to take a few years. The best bet for a favorable outcome both there and in Iraq would be mass employment, building the necessary infrastructures needed for a prosperous economy, and continuing to fight the extremists." — Joe
"I would double the troop strength and send in as many contractors as necessary to build infrastructure, including hi-speed trains. I would offer a bounty on the head of any Al Qaeda or Taliban combatant's head, and I would involve every Muslim cleric in the rebuilding effort." — Craig
"I would tell them it is time that they stop depending on the U.S. and step up to the plate. These people in Iraq and Afghanistan won't do anything for themselves. They want our troops and our money, but they want to control it all." — Sandy (Bramberg, SC)
"It is best that the United States let President Karzai lead this dance with the Taliban. He knows what his country will need. We can give expert advice behind the scenes as other countries may also. The Afghan economy is too fragile to push them too quickly in any particular direction. " — Jan (Irvine, CA)
"I'd put the money in the hands of the front line commanders. They certainly know what's needed in their sector. Maybe a civil ops group could be the conduit, one that's reportable to the chain of command, but distributed from the boots on the ground or civil ops folks in the area. Give the people jobs and some self-esteem, and they'll stop bombing and fighting. " — Bob (Scotia, NY)
"I would withdraw American troops! We have been there five years and things are going downhill, with suicide bombers, IED attacks and increased NATO casualties. We are now viewed as occupiers rather than liberators." — Gil
"I would send a lot more troops to Afghanistan and finish the main objective — finding bin Laden and the Taliban leaders, even if it means crossing into Pakistan. — Patrick (Colarado)
"My credentials: I currently work in Afghanistan as an advisor to one of the ministries of the Reformed Afghan government. I’m on the ground here in Kabul every day...not sitting in the U.S. or Western Europe making pronouncements based on theory or political/philosophical bias.
If alliance governments will hold to the current (general) set of policies for a few more years and continue their support – both for security and development/re-development programs, Afghanistan can – and I’m convinced – will succeed.
Development/re-development are critical elements: I think Afghanistan needs something on the order the 1930’s American Works Progress Administration to oversee & conduct massive infrastructure improvement projects...labor is cheap here, most building materials are cheap here...if we put tens of thousands of Afghans to work on road, sewer, water, etc., kind of projects, this country will flourish.
Good governance: while still very young, this government appears to me to be committed to rooting-out corruption, improving cost efficiency, to building a professional merit service to operate the agencies of government and to building a stable, enduring government that uses democratic tools & processes in its governance. There are still lots of warts on this young government, but I’ve never seen any group of people work as hard at getting it right as I see here." — James
"Kick the press out and let the GI do his work." — (Dale, Illinois)
"I'd suggest to Karzai that he needs to really get into the "hearts and minds" of his own people to get their help in saving Afghanistan from the Taliban and Al Qaeda! And rid their country of ALL threats to their country--including eliminating the poppy/heroin trade. This money is being being used to fund terrorists worldwide! Finally, Karzai has to be "whispered to--that he needs to get his stuff together, because America is not going to stay there forever!" — Larry (Alpine, TX)