Karzai Karping

Hamid Karzai, the President of Afganistan has made comments disparaging the support of his country by American troops, straining our already tense relationship. However, apparently his views don’t reflect those of his peers, who think such comments aren’t in their countries best interests.

Still, some Afghan leaders have expressed concern that American budgetary concerns, coupled with a worsening political relationship between the countries, could lead the United States to reduce or even remove its support.

In Kabul, both Afghan vice presidents met with Mr. Karzai for two hours Wednesday morning, while a group of representatives from 14 political parties — most of them opposition groups but several with members in government — held a news conference to denounce the president’s stance.

“All these remarks may destroy our relations with the international community, and especially America, and lead to the isolation of Afghanistan again,” said Faizullah Zaki, the spokesman for Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, the powerful Uzbek leader and warlord who campaigned for Mr. Karzai in his 2009 election and later fell out with him. “We are calling on the president to stop doing this because we believe it is not in our national interest.”

via NYT


5 thoughts on “Karzai Karping”

  1. Interesting. It’s tough to tell from the outside whether these statements are reflections of real unease about the growing friction between D.C. and Kabul, or if they are just political posturing made to weaken Karzai as he prepares for reelection. However, I do agree with the Afghani vice presidents; the U.S. is tired of getting burned in this relationship. It hasn’t been a popular war for years, and at this point I think many Americans would be just fine to watch us pull out entirely and watch the gains made in the last decade burn to the ground. President Karzai certainly isn’t helping change that opinion. Once American influence in the region diminishes by 2014, I’m not seeing many friends for Mr. Karzai’s regime. It does not seem wise to burn his widest bridge.

  2. The strength of opposition to Mr. Karzai’s statements against the U.S. is quite impressive to me. Mr. Karzai is considered to have made those negative remarks in order to protect his own future, as previous heads of state in Afghanistan have been executed when an opposing force takes over. Seeing the U.S. beginning to leave while there are still quite of bit of insurgents within the country would also make me nervous, but this shift in Mr. Karzai’s position concerning the U.S. suggests that the president doesn’t have much faith in his own government. The fact that so many oppose the president’s stance shows that at least some do.

  3. I was extremely surprised to hear about karzai’s frankly wild accusations against the U.S and coalition forces concerning working with with the Taliban and accusing SOF forces of war crimes in Wardak province. I agree with Taylor that it’s difficult to tell what the exact reasoning of why the vice presidents are speaking out against Karzai, but it is a good thing that they are. In my opinion it comes back to the old saying that you don’t bite the hand that feeds. It’s interesting to see how the U.S and Karzai are aiming for the same goal, but can’t agree on how to do it. First Karzai pleads for more helicopters and more training for Afghan forces, then flips around and makes accusations against the U.S. Whatever his reasoning is it is not giving us any incentive to keep up relations with Afghanistan.

  4. You would think that someone who receives millions and millions of dollars from the US would be a little more supportive. Oh well. That’s politics for ya.

  5. Looks like someone is having to backtrack….On Monday Karzai denied suggesting that the U.S. was colluding with the Taliban to convince Afghans that foreign forces were needed in the country beyond 2014. In a join news briefing with US Secretary of State Karzai said the media misinterpreted comments he made during a visit by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on March 10. Rather, the point he was trying to make was that “by continuing to bomb and kill innocent Afghans, the Taliban is giving a reason for the U.S. to stay.”
    Source: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/25/17454077-us-shares-same-goals-as-afghan-leader-hamid-karzai-john-kerry-says?lite

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