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Karzai Threatening To “Join The Taliban”

From Wall Street Journal:

Karzai Slams the West Again

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG And HABIB ZAHORI

April 3, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan—President Hamid Karzai lashed out at his Western backers for the second time in three days on Saturday, accusing the U.S. of interfering in Afghan affairs and saying the Taliban insurgency would become a legitimate resistance movement if the meddling doesn’t stop.

Mr. Karzai, whose government is propped up by billions of dollars in Western aid and nearly 100,000 American troops fighting the Taliban, made the comments during a private meeting with about 60 or 70 Afghan lawmakers.

At one point, Mr. Karzai suggested that he himself would be compelled to join the Taliban if the Parliament didn’t back his controversial attempt to take control of the country’s electoral watchdog from the United Nations, according to two of those who attended the meeting. The people included a close ally of the president.

Mr. Karzai’s latest remarks came less than 24 hours after he assured U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that he was committed to working with the U.S. That phone call followed a similar, but less vitriolic, anti-Western diatribe that the Afghan president delivered earlier in the week.

After Friday’s call, U.S. and Afghan officials said they were putting the incident behind them and moving on.

Mr. Karzai’s fresh round of accusations against the U.S. and its allies laid bare his deep distrust of the West and was likely to further damage an already bruised relationship. The U.S. Embassy here declined to comment on Saturday’s speech.

Five of the lawmakers who attended the two-and-a-half-hour meeting said it largely consisted of the president lambasting them for rejecting a few days earlier his attempt to take control of the country’s Electoral Complaints Commission. They quoted Mr. Karzai as saying that the lawmakers were being used by Western officials who want to install a "puppet government" in Afghanistan.

Waheed Omar, a spokesman for Mr. Karzai, denied that the president said he would join the Taliban or accused the West of trying to control Afghanistan. "He talked about the new electoral law and asked the members of Parliament to reconsider their decision," Mr. Omar said…

We sure can pick our allies.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Karzai Threatening To “Join The Taliban””

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I am 99% confident in this analysis – Karzai got a dose of Chicago styled gangland strong arming from Obama to up his share of Opium contributions to the Democrats and got seriously pissed.

    One day quick trip, brief visit with Karzai. Karzai almost busts a vein. Announces he’s seriously considering joining with the Taliban if these Protection Racket tactics don’t end.

    The weasel worded press releases directing our attention elsewhere are meaningless.

    Helmand, Urozgan, Qandhar and Nangarhar provinces have been considered the most important opium cultivation areas for a long time. The governor of Helmand is a member of the Akhoundzada family, old-line warlords who have controlled the province since the war against the Soviet invasion and who now support Karzai. The governor Nangarhar is the brother of Haji Ghadir, a vice president under Karzai who was killed a couple of years ago. The family inherited the control of opium production and trade in the province. In Qandhar and Urozgan provinces, Karzai’s brother is now the biggest trader in opium and heroin. He used the income from this business to become the region’s biggest landlord. The governor of Ghazni province has remarkably close relations with Karzai and everyone considers him Karzai’s man. He controls the chief transportation network for opium and heroin traffic, the main Kabul-Qandhar highway, especially the section running from the capital to Ghalat, a city in Zabul province in southern Afghanistan.

    Or, so I’m told.

    • JohnMG says:

      Sounds to me like they all share a common strand of DNA with our own “the Won”. The political tactics are the same–pay-to-play antics one would find in Chicago.

  2. proreason says:

    Gee, Mr Karzai doesn’t seem to be feeling the hopeychangey yet.

    We should be nicer to him to make up for all the bad stuff Bush and Bush’s ancestors did to the ancestors of Karzai or something.

    Because if he doesn’t get with the program, our fierce warrior president might just have to give a speech.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    This is why welfare doesn’t work. AND trying to build up these mud-hut oxcart-pullers into the 3rd Century B.C. is folly.

    Just bomb the terrorists out, and give them incentives to modernize. And just warn them, the next terrorists you allow to come into power, yep, we will bomb the snot out of them too.

    Like Ron Paul say about all this stuff, “It will resolve itself when we are too bankrupt to continue on our path.”

  4. canary says:

    Now Afganistan is growing marijuana plants. This is Obama’s cross over crop that he believes will continue help the economy in Afganistan, but the Afganistans are not happy as it doesn’t pay as well.
    And this is the 3rd world Obama wants America to be part in. People that are killing around the globe.

  5. Right of the People says:

    1) Pull all our troops out now.
    2) Start in the east and carpet bomb the entire country back to the stone age which in their case isn’t very far.
    3) Bring in the asphalt trucks and pave it over.
    4) Rent go-karts for $1.50 and hour on the worlds largest go-kart track.
    5) Move on to Iran, rinse, repeat.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Initiate Operation Glass Parking Lot.

    • Khalq says:

      After watching Karzia’s speech on the TV, then read all these comments, diopointed?
      the people of Afghanistan did not make karzai the president of Afghanistan, the United states of the America did.
      So therefore bombing the people of Afghanistan/ blaming the people of Afghanistan for some one like president karzai will not be the justice.
      However if any one (who brought karzai)/ the rest of the world want to take the lead in Afghanistan through a different person, they should ask the people of Afghanistan whom to be the leader.

      thanks

  6. Junior says:

    Dear All,


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