The intense violence following the burning of religious materials by NATO forces will be quelled as Karzai's latest appeal for calm will hopefully quell the violence, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan told CNN's Candy Crowley in an exclusive interview that aired Sunday on State of the Union.
"At a certain point it tapers off," Crocker said.
Crocker said the violence, and the Afghan government's seeming inability to stop it, cannot be seen as a reason for the U.S. to pull out of Afghanistan. (Read also about concerns about Afghan military violence against NATO and U.S. troops)"We decide we are tired of it, Al Qaeda and the Taliban aren't," Crocker said in the interview.
"This is not the time to decide that we're done here. We have got to redouble our efforts," Crocker told Crowley. "We've got to create a situation in which al Qaeda is not coming back."