Panetta Scolds Karzai’s Manners

    KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 15:  U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (L) talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai during a visit to the Presidential Pallace on March 15, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Panetta visited with troops and met with President Hamid Karzai and other Afghan officials during his two-day visit to the country. Afghan President Hamid Karzai reportedly wants Afghan forces to take over a year earlier in 2013 and wants U.S.  troops to pull out of villages after a U.S. soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Scott Olson / Getty Images

    What would Miss Manners have to say about this? U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticized Afghan President Hamid Karzai Friday for not being more grateful for America’s help. “I think it would be helpful if the president, every once in a while, expressed his thanks for the sacrifices that have been made by those who have fought and died for Afghanistan, rather than criticizing them,” Panetta told reporters. On Thursday, Karzai had complained that American troops are failing to hit militants in Pakistan’s safe havens. Tensions between the two countries have escalated recently with a recent spike of Afghan forces opening fire on foreign coalition troops.

    Read it at The Washington Post