Saturday, June 12, 2010

Perhaps the NYT Hates Karzai

The president has lost his confidence in the capability of either the coalition or his own government to protect this country,” Mr. Saleh said in an interview at his home. “President Karzai has never announced that NATO will lose, but the way that he does not proudly own the campaign shows that he doesn’t trust it is working.” 
So says Amrullah Saleh, who just resigned as the director of the Afghan intel services.  Of course, this could just be Saleh justifying his resignation/firing.  But the evidence seems to be on Saleh's side as Karzai has not really done much to support, much less own, the ISAF effort.
“Karzai told me that he can’t trust the Americans to fix the situation here,” said a Western diplomat in Kabul, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He believes they stole his legitimacy during the elections last year. And then they said publicly that they were going to leave.”
He is half-right--someone stole his legitimacy, but I think he did it to himself.

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