U.S. designates Afghanistan a major ally, creates defense ties
Afghan president Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a press conference in Kabul on July 7, 2012.
July 7th, 2012
04:11 AM ET

U.S. designates Afghanistan a major ally, creates defense ties

By the CNN Wire Staff

The United States named Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally Saturday, clearing the way for the two countries to maintain a defense and economic relationship even as American combat troops withdraw.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the designation during a surprise visit to Kabul.

A day after the announcement, she will attend a gathering of international donors in Tokyo who will be asked to pledge financial support for Afghanistan after nearly all U.S.-led NATO troops pull out of the country by the end of 2014.

The relationship is beneficial during the transition as both nations prepare for post-2014, according to Clinton.

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  1. revelations 13:7

    afghanistan is an ally, because we can get our corporate hands all over their resources now, now that we've installed this puppet-regime... the taliban weren't much in the way of dealing business with the parasitic west. so how's that trans-afghan pipeline going, er, i mean, war on terror

    July 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
    • revelations 13:7

      free enterprise, held at gunpoint

      July 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • revelations 13:7

      ps. who would've guessed, 2 decades ago, that mrs. clinton could've turned into such a war-mongering nut?

      July 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply
    • JZ

      And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. Rev. 6:4

      July 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  2. Uber News Network (UNN) ©

    Poor Hindians. They will be relegated to cleaning the toilets there.

    July 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  3. Ben

    What a mistake in a long line of mistakes. Cut them loose...

    July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  4. NorCalMojo

    Incredible.

    What a farce.

    July 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  5. RK

    poor pakis.. with afgahnistan as new non nato ally of US and with increased indian presence in afgahnistan where will pakis go now.....all the paki dreams of strategic depth..gone..nothing seems to work for pakis anymore....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      I heard Pakistanis were planning to go all the way to New Delhi to raise their flag. Giddyyyy Uuppppp

      July 9, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
  6. sickunclesam

    Reblogged this on sickunclesam.

    July 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  7. Judge Belfotti Molatti

    Let the trials begin of those american politicians who are responsible for invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and massacre of millions. We won't give up till at the least Bush, Cheney, Obama are put on the stand.

    July 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Thank you, Judge. I couldn't have said it better!

      July 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Obama did nothing to start these wars!!! This was ALL Bush nonsense! He should be in jail, instead he lives the "good life" of an ex-president! Even his own political party does not want him in this year's campaign! A Bush endorsement would be the kiss of death! Yet, who is Romney? Very, very similar to George W.!

      July 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
      • Ben

        What about the civil war waging in Lybia because of Obama's actions and lack of follow up?

        July 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • StanCalif

      Bush and Cheney are nothing more than criminals and should be brought to trial! Obama has done all he can to get us out of these messes! When a war is started, it cannot be ended simply! However, the criminals (Bush and Cheney) should not be allowed to live out their lives in luxury! What was the point of starting these wars? They never answered this question!

      July 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
      • revelations 13:7

        it can be ended, simply, when there isn't even an opposing army... just a bunch of embittered sheep herders... when was the last time america fought a war against an actual opposing military force? and no, the 'elite' republican guard in Iraq was hardly an 'army'

        July 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • StanCalif

      Early on, when Bush and his gang realized how much money they were spending on senseless wars, they went to the GOP playbook and got a big tax cut passed! Republicans continue to believe that tax cuts creates jobs! They don't! Bush cut taxes and the rich began firing workers by the thousands every month. Where did these tax savings go? No accountability! Take your tax break and do as you please!
      Mitt is beating this bush again!!! Cut taxes to create jobs! It hasn't happened in the past, why on earth should it happen now? He would certainly consider a new war with Iran! This is good for business, and the Israelis! Our all volunteer military is worn out and disenchanted. Would he renew the draft? Be sure he would, if it meant profits for his buddies!

      July 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
      • Ray

        Stan is LYING when he says the military is disenchanted and this is coming from someone in the USAF. Take your liberal propaganidist LIES elsewhere.

        July 9, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  8. Abdullah Shah Masoud

    Americans have not paid attention to Afghanistan for hundreds of years. Wonder why the pangs of love all of a sudden... hmmmm.....hmmmm? Hope it is platonic.

    July 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  9. Khanzada Pushtun

    Afghans want to thank Pakistan for being home to over 3 million Afghan refugees for the past 30 years.

    July 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • Atal

      and for sucking Afghans blood too....Wish Afghanistan did not have any border with these ugly punjabis.....who would sell anything for money!

      July 8, 2012 at 7:35 am | Reply
      • Jake

        I am an Indian and I can't help myself....it is in hindu DNA to stab neighbors in the back. Poverty is our middle name.

        July 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Asadullah Khan Masoud

      I want to thank brotherly Pakistan for taking care of our people for generations. Thank you Thank you much, Pakistan. ignore the neagtive comments as they are being made by indians trolling on this forum.

      July 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • Hangoush Karzai

      thanks pakistan.

      July 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Sean

      You mus be another inbred from Pakistan, you do know inbreeding is very Prevalent there. Cousins into Cousins, they make quit abit of Money from them. Stay Archaic like you Country Pakistan. Not alot to be Proud of there bud!!!!!!!!!

      July 9, 2012 at 3:20 am | Reply
  10. Forget Afghanistan, Focus On India

    India has become too big to govern or create any value for western countries or even for its own population. We have invested a lot of resources in India over the past two decades and given a lot of aid to prop it up. There has been no investment on this return. Instead India has squandered all the resources in building nuclear weapons while poverty remains rampant in the country. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts.

    July 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • John Carter Bates

      We probably need to slice and dice India similar to USSR.

      July 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • RK

        in the meantime india diced ur bangladesh and will soon dice ur baluchistan...paki

        July 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • Joe

        @RK Wonder where you were hiding when Talibans invaded India a few years ago?

        July 9, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  11. OffTheWorldPolitics

    Much more civilized than the Soviet withdrawal. I hope the Afghans can can appreciate U.S. efforts to modernize their nation. The U.S. has not pulled out and forgot about them. The United States has provided many Afghan people with something they never had, self determination.

    July 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Sher Dil Afghani

      Are you kidding me? Afghans did not invite Americans. We were invaded by them for their own selfish reasons. Give me a break.

      July 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        I suppose you think the Afghans invited the Soviets? Your right, the Afghans did not invite the U.S. Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban invited the U.S. Regardless, I was referring the manner in which the situation was handled. The United States brought opportunity to Afghanistan.

        July 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • Lyndsie Graham

        I now see the Phunnie boy has a new screen name, OffTheWorldPolitics,Sher Dil Afghani. This bozo is a shining example of just how this government is successful at brainwashing people!!!

        July 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • StanCalif

      What are you talking about? It is still common to see populations punished for allowing girls to get an education! Poison their water, burn down their schools!!!! This is a "civilized" nation???

      July 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Yeah right! Self determination to burn down schools that teach girls. God forbid that girls get an education. Oh, yes, poison their water! This is "God's will"! The US tried, but failed to "civilize" these barbarians. They will certainly revert to their "preferred" culture! There is no way to change an onion into a rose!

      July 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  12. Bangash

    Another lolly pop for Afghans in alliance as the word non already clarify the basic concept behind Afghanistan's Nato membership. Some people can be fooled for some time but not all the people all time. The best way is immediate and complete withdrawal of US military from Afghanistan and under the banner of UNO Afghans be given the right to decide their own fate and become a responsible nation and a state among other nations.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Okay, we (the US) demanded a democratic election. There was never any doubt who would win! Uneducated people with no access to the media vote how they are told to vote. Karsai is not a representative of the people of Afghanistan, he is simply another corrupt leader that enjoys huge US support (money). Where he spends this money, nobody knows! Certainly not for the projects intended! This money just simply disappears and no one can account for it!
      Karsai, and his relatives, make a good living exporting heroin. They have no intentions of stopping this, it is just too profitable!

      July 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  13. julio enrique cisneros banuelos lopez

    "US designated Afghanistan as a major ally.".......US Citizens designate Afghanistan as anything but an ally...US Citizens also designate the Middle East as a giant sand pit. It should be avoided at all costs. Quit wasting my money Clinton.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Remember who was "in charge" when all this mess began! George W. and Dick only made sure their friends made a lot of money. We got no cheap oil from Iraq, we will get no minerals from Afghanistan. This was all given away to the Chinese! How many Chinese soldiers are on the ground in the Middle East? Zero! But China benefits! Where is the logic?

      July 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  14. TonyH110

    Huh like Iraq was and we're still losing money on them big time – where was the oil payback ? Ok so Afghanistan is mineral rich – you think a Karzai has a hope in h##$ chance of keeping the Taliban away once our combat forces are removed. What lunacy is this from the Obama administration

    July 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Remember, Obama started none of this mess! Thank your wonderful idiot George W.! Did the US get any oil from Iraq? NO! Will we get any minerals from Afghanistan? NO! We fight these wars for the benefit of China! How many Chinese soldiers are in the Middle East? Zero, none! This is the job of the US!

      July 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
      • arkmark

        yep not started by big O but hes not doing much to win it. AfghNistan is a lost cause as is the rest of th emiddle east save for Isreal. the US has a history of propping up bad govenments and it needs to stop. reguardless of who was in office when "it" started.

        July 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • StanCalif

        I agreed with Obama. Get out, and get out as quickly as possible! George W. and Dick created this mess to enrich their friends and with some dream of getting cheap oil and minerals. We got no cheap oil, we got no cheap minerals. Only China benefited! What does Mitt Romney think about this whole mess? He does not say anything! Like George W., we can be sure that Mitt will take care of his friends, regardless of the costs!

        July 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • StanCalif

      Also recall who "saved Kuwait" from the Iraq invasion that caused severe destruction to their oil fields!
      Did Kuwait ever "pay back" anything to the US? Of course not! Why would we expect any compensation?

      July 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  15. RK

    in other words..afgan is now officially the new client state or colony of US....

    July 7, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      It's more like a U.S. colony owned by the Washington bureaucrats. Now we can exploit their mineral resources virtually unopposed or so the M.I.C. hopes!

      July 7, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • StanCalif

        Don't you know? Afghanistan has the world's biggest copper resources (discovered by the Russians). Did the US get any rights to this copper? NO! We allowed the "democratically elected" government of Afghanistan to award the rights to mine this copper to China! Of course, the US has to provide the security for China to begin their operations! There are NO Chinese troops in Afghanistan for any reason!

        July 7, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • StanCalif

      No! Only one more welfare state that feels no obligation to the US for anything. Just keep sending the money! What is done with this money is nobodies business! "Don't ask, don't tell"!

      July 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  16. StanCalif

    Afghanistan a "major ally"? What a joke! Karzai is one of the most corrupt people on earth! Where did he spend all the money we "gave" him? Nobody knows, it just disappears! Now he is declared a major ally? First, show us where the money went! Probably into Swiss bank accounts! Money sent for building schools, roads, etc. went no where! It just disappears.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Well said Stan, except that the Communists should have triumphed there some 30 years ago and in that case the Afghans today would have most of the things that you mentioned above such as, schools, roads, bridges, hospitals,etc.

      July 7, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
      • StanCalif

        Yes, I agree! Isn't "democracy" so wonderful for the uneducated! If you cannot read or write, if you have no access to any media. how do you expect these people to vote "democratically"? They cast their votes how they are told to vote! Afghanistan is certainly no democracy, and is certainly no reliable ally! We thought Pakistan was an ally, guess what?

        July 7, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  17. Hillary leaves obama in the dust of failure

    with the failed job numbers & the stock market sliding , Clinton is found far from obama's failures .

    Mrs Clinton knew when to be out of town

    July 7, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Don't blame Hillary for the stupid adventures that George W and Dick pursued! Obama and Hillary have been working very hard to undo what the past idiots have done to our country! Remember that Obama won a Nobel Prize simply for not being a Bush! This is how the world sees us! Bush was a total disaster and he cannot even campaign for Mitt! A Bush endorsement would be the kiss of death! Even Cheney has decided to shut up and leave his legacy to his gay daughter to defend! What??!!! A gay GOP influential? Sorry Dick, but your time in history will not be recorded as good! Your stooge, George W., doesn't say anything. He just enjoys his life now as an ex president. All his foolish actions cannot be challenged nor taken to court!

      July 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  18. saeed

    someone needs to kill hillary clinton put a bullet through that flat skull of hers kill obama also after all his mother was a irish street whoore all irish people are whoores put a bomb in a irish kindergarten.

    July 7, 2012 at 4:55 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Well said, saeed. But don't forget that Killer O'Bama's father was a Kenyan Muslim who deserted the family when Barack was still a child. This just may explain O'Bama's great vendetta against all the Muslims of the world today and why all these useless and unnecessary wars that we find ourselves in!!!

      July 7, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • TonyH110

      wow you got past CNN censors with this remark amazing – apparently it was remarks like this that caused FOX to close its comments – you next CNN ?

      July 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • saeed

        the problem is with these people its constant war i mean how much of these war talk does one want to listen to russia nukes usa and britain usa and britain nukes russia all the time over and over and over again it does not make any reson.

        July 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • StanCalif

      Better justice would be served by "eliminating" George W. and Dick Cheney! These two caused havoc that simply cannot be reversed! Why should these two live in luxury now? This is simply not right!

      July 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
      • Lyndsie Graham

        I feel the same way about it, Stan. These men are two shining examples of just how fair life is not!!! Thank you for that post above.

        July 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • saeedTheTowelHead

      Baaaaaaaaaaaah, Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, Baaaaaaaaaaaaah, Is that you Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaddy?

      July 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply

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