As Afghanistan's President rants on about being invaded by Western troops and toys with the potential of defecting to the Taliban, NATO governments' worries grow about the stability of this dubious 'ally'
It looks as if Hamid Karzai has been raiding his brother’s stash.
What other possible explanation could there be for bizarre statements about blaming the West for the fraud in
In coverage of politics “tired and emotional” always has a certain meaning, and it is not exactly tired and emotional…it’s a little more to do with being under the influence of certain substances at inappropriate moments in the life of a professional politician.
It is unpalatable enough that young men and women from around the world are dying in
The former UN envoy to
Remember there is no love lost between Galbraith and Karzai.
Perhaps Galbraith’s most salacious bit of gossip was a reference to palace insiders who say the President has a “certain fondness for some of
Galbraith says Karzai’s mental stability is in doubt – “off balance” to be precise - which is highly likely to just further annoy Karzai. More than that however is the effect this has on the thinking of governments like the
Of particular insult was Karzai’s timing. Just days before Obama had made a secret visit to
On top of that Karzai was freely dispensing his own theories about foreigners being in
Has he had a look around his backyard? Of course not, because he rearely leaves his palace, but to put it politely, Karzai’s is not a rational theory.
Last year a leaked memo from the
Every deployment faces danger, evidenced by the flow of body bags on the watch of NATO member governments. Time and time again it has been asked what soldiers are dying for, and without trawling over the history of this eight year war, the goal has changed. In truth, troops are nation building, something the trigger-happy disaster architect George W. Bush, always refused to see as a role for 'his' soldiers.
But now those questions are rightfully being asked with a new edge.
Why are foreign troops in a country when the President of that country is referring to them as little short of invaders?
The answer has to be because it is too dangerous to get rid of that President. That’s the simple, ugly truth.
NATO allies are propping up a corrupt regime which has little interest – or perhaps no ability – to take responsibility itself. The President’s arrogance is no secret, his brother’s involvement in the illicit drugs trade is openly discussed to the point that he’s a contender for a place on the
He is toying with the goodwill of the international community. He knows that community is in so deep in
And so he does indeed stick his well manicured fingers in the
The next test for Karzai will be his appointments to the country’s Electoral Complaints Commission after two members, seen as having sanctioned widespread fraud, were finally sacked this week. Pressure from Western donor nations? Yes. Principle? Not so much. Replacing them with Karzai loyalists, however, will add a slap in the face to that international eye gouging. Perhaps Mr Karzai should, as the saying goes, put that in his pipe and smoke it.