The need for independence in foreign policy
Afghans have paid a heavy price for choosing their friend and foe at the behest of outsiders. During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, it was Russians who would determine who was Kabul’s friend and enemy. After 9/11, the United States also stripped Afghans of the right to choose who should be their friend and foe. Washington is using all means to force Kabul to pick allies and adversaries with its consent. Leaders of the National Unity Government have further eased the job for Americans because of their infirm stance towards the US.