Karzai and Obama in Chicago. “Our taxpayers’ money” at work. A Limerick.

Yes, Karzai gave thanks for “our taxpayers’ money”

to grease the corruption, it’s sweeter than honey.

The eleven year war

makes them ask for much more.

Surrender to Taliban? This is not funny.

Looking to a day when “the Afghan war as we understand it is over,” President Barack Obama met Sunday with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to discuss NATO’s withdrawal from that strife-torn country by the end of 2014.

“I’m bringing to you and to the people of the United States the gratitude of the Afghan people for the support that your taxpayers’ money has provided Afghanistan over the past decade and for the difference that it has made to the well-being of the Afghan people,” the Afghan President Karzai told Obama. He did not give thanks for the sacrifices the troops have made.

The price tag for Afghan forces after 2014 is estimated to be $4.1 billion per year. Afghanistan is expected to pay $500 million of that. Karzai has said his country will need at least $10 billion per year in overall aid through 2025.

Obama looked ahead to a future “in which we have ended our combat role, the Afghan war as we understand it is over, but our commitment to friendship and partnership with Afghanistan continues” and evoked “a shared vision that we have in which Afghanistan is able to transition from decades of war to a transformational decade of peace and stability and development.”

Obama underlined “the enormous sacrifices that have been made by the American people, most profoundly by American troops, as well as the troops of our other coalition partners” and said Americans “recognize the hardship that the Afghan people have been through.”

“The loss of life continues in Afghanistan. There will be hard days ahead. But we’re confident that we’re on the right track,” he said.