President Hamid Karzai’s inaction over the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) had sparked antagonistic reactions in the media. John R. Allen and Michael E. O’Hanlon from the New York Times title their piece ‘Ignore Karzai’s Arrogant Insults‘ (see link), while Xinhua News in China state this in their headline: ‘U.S. warns Afghanistan of civil war if no BSA deal‘ (see link). Washington Post has a milder, more balanced view, in their headlines with ‘U.S. and Afghanistan need to work together to reach deal on forces‘ (see link), while BBC write ‘Afghanistan-US security deal at impasse ahead of jirga‘ (see link).
Locally, Tolo News in Afghanistan state ‘Afghanistan Needs the BSA: Momand‘ (see link), as well as ‘Afghan Businessmen Fear Downturn Without BSA‘ (see link) in support of the BSA, but Ashraf Haidari, political counsellor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, refuted many of these Western claims, stating that Karzai knows best. He writes in his rebuttal to New York Times: Continue reading