Riyadh: An "inept" United States cannot
fix Afghanistan`s problems and should simply focus on "chasing
the terrorists" there, former Saudi intelligence chief Prince
Turki al-Faisal said on Saturday.
Turki, also former ambassador to Washington, said the
US-led NATO troop presence in Afghanistan has irrevocably
alienated the Afghan people and has no hope of rebuilding the
"What Afghanistan needs now is a shift from
nation-building to effectively countering terrorists," Turki,
the brother of Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, told a
small audience in Riyadh.
US President Barack Obama "should not be misdirected
into believing that he can fix Afghanistan`s ills by military
"Hunt down the terrorists on both sides of the
Afghan-Pakistan border,arrest them or kill them, and get out,
and let the Afghan people deal with their problems."
"As long as GI boots remain on Afghan soil, they
remain targets of resistance for the Afghan people and
Turki, who has no official position but has long
served a central role in Saudi-Afghan relations, scolded
Washington`s handling of relations with Kabul.
"The inept way in which this administration has dealt
with President (Hamid) Karzai beggars disbelief and
"Both sides are now filled with resentment and a sour
taste in their mouths," he said. "How can they both get out of
that situation? I don`t know."