Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What Is Afghan President Karzai's Long Term Strategy?

Karzai Bets On Vilifying U.S. To Shed His Image As A Lackey -- Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — The longest shadow in Afghan politics is cast by a traffic post that used to stand in Ariana Square outside the presidential palace: the Taliban hanged Najibullah, the last president of the Communist government, from it shortly after they marched into Kabul in 1996.

That history, and the reality that every modern Afghan leader has been ousted or executed, has surely not escaped President Hamid Karzai as he faces what is expected to be his final year in office, and with the American military pullout well under way.

Seeking a nobler ending than his predecessors after his long tenure in the palace, Mr. Karzai is taking a gamble: intensifying his vilification of his American allies at a critical moment in their Afghan endgame, risking their support for him in order to save himself politically.

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My Comment:
With friends like this .... who needs enemies.

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