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Hamid Karzai
Pact with Afghanistan [Editorial]
Pact with Afghanistan [Editorial]

The signing of a long-delayed bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan today means the U.S. won't again find itself in the same situation it faced two years ago in Iraq, where the failure to reach a similar accord precipitated the withdrawal of all American forces and a rapid deterioration of the security situation. The Afghans can now be assured of continued American military assistance in their struggle against a resurgent Taliban — at least for the next two years, when the agreement must be renewed. What they shouldn't count on, however, is an indefinite American troop presence there. The U.S. should stay only as long as it takes to stabilize the...