Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Kabul Conference

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 21, 2010

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks at the Kabul Conference on July 20, 2010. She called the conference a "a milestone in a long and difficult journey." Secretary Clinton said:

"Today, we join in launching what the Afghan Government has termed 'the Kabul process.' It is a process that reflects a commitment to accountability, including clear benchmarks and milestones. And indeed, this conference is about accountability -- accountability for the United States, for the United Nations, for members of the international community, and for the Afghan Government. We are called not only to voice support for the people of Afghanistan, but to honestly assess the progress we've made, identify the gaps between our expectations and our performance, and resolve to close those gaps together through patient, persistent efforts.

"...President Obama has said that we will begin a responsible, conditions-based transition to Afghan security leadership in July 2011. Toward this end, the Afghan Government, working with NATO, has developed a broad framework for the process that will help create conditions for transition, province by province, district by district, so the Afghan security forces can assume full responsibility for security in the transitioned areas.

"Now, the July 2011 date captures both our sense of urgency and the strength of our resolve. The transition process is too important to push off indefinitely, but this date is the start of a new phase, not the end of our involvement. We have no intention of abandoning our long-term mission of achieving the kind of Afghanistan that President Karzai set forth in his speech.

"...So this conference makes it clear the world is with Afghanistan and the world stands in opposition to the common threat and the common enemy that stalks us all. There will still be too many days when we wake up to news of violence, conflict, and loss of life. But we must not forget that not only are millions of Afghans working to lay the foundation for a better future, but tens of thousands of young men and women from across the world are as well. Some might carry a gun as part of the military forces, others might carry a notebook as those who are attempting to improve governance or work on education or health, but so many around the world are counting on the success of what we can achieve together here in Afghanistan."

You can read the Secretary's full remarks here.



New York, USA
July 21, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

Afghan Milestones? or Millstones?

Taking on a decades-old task of ridding Afghan
terror, narco-corruption, and intercene tribal
conflicts has left us running down in ever concentric circles. Why not change the paradigm to incentivize trade in resources
(minerals, etc.)? This would make Afghnaistan
a partner in mutual development and prevent
resources from being diverted to AQI and rogue states. Let's make Afganistan a US profit center...not a continued cost-center.


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